unsulliable

sully

[suhl-ee]
verb (used with object), sullied, sullying.
1.
to soil, stain, or tarnish.
2.
to mar the purity or luster of; defile: to sully a reputation.
verb (used without object), sullied, sullying.
3.
to become sullied, soiled, or tarnished.
noun, plural sullies.
4.
Obsolete. a stain; soil.

Origin:
1585–95; origin uncertain

sulliable, adjective
unsulliable, adjective
unsullied, adjective


1. taint, blemish, contaminate. 2. dirty, disgrace, dishonor.
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sully (ˈsʌlɪ)
 
vb , -lies, -lying, -lied
1.  to stain or tarnish (a reputation, etc) or (of a reputation) to become stained or tarnished
 
n , -lies, -lying, -lied, -lies
2.  a stain
3.  the act of sullying
 
[C16: probably from French souiller to soil]
 
'sulliable
 
adj

Sully (ˈsʌlɪ, French sylli)
 
n
Maximilien de Béthune (maksimiljɛ̃ də betyn), Duc de Sully. 1559--1641, French statesman; minister of Henry IV. He helped restore the finances of France after the Wars of Religion

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sully
1571 (implied in sulliedness), probably from M.Fr. souiller, from O.Fr. souillier "make dirty" (see soil (v.)).
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