Sully meaning

sŭlē
Sully is defined as to spoil or stain, or to disgrace.

An example of sully is spilling a glass of red wine on white carpet.

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To mar the cleanness or luster of; soil or stain.
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To defile; taint.

Sully a reputation.

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French politician. As chief minister to Henry IV, he replenished the treasury and encouraged agriculture and industry.
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To soil, stain, tarnish, or besmirch, now esp. by disgracing.
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To become sullied.
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A stain or tarnish; defilement.
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(Maximilien de Béthune) 1560-1641; Fr. statesman.
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1783-1872; U.S. painter, born in England.
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To soil or stain; to dirty.

He did not wish to sully his hands with gardening.

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He did not wish to sully his reputation with an ill-mannered comment.

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(intransitive) To become soiled or tarnished.
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Something that stains or spots.
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Origin of sully

  • Probably from French souiller from Old French soil2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English sulien (also sulwen), from Old English sylian (“to sully, soil, pollute"), from Proto-Germanic *suliwōnÄ…, *sulwōnÄ…, *sulwijanÄ… (“to sully, make dirty"), from Proto-Indo-European *sÅ«l- (“thick liquid, muck"). Cognate with Old Saxon sulian (“to sully"), Middle Dutch soluwen (“to sully"), German sühlen (“to sully"), Danish søle (“to sully"), Swedish söla (“to sully"). Perhaps conflated partially with Old French souillier ("to soil";> French souiller), from the same Germanic source. Related also to Old English solian (“to soil, become defiled, make or become foul"). More at soil.

    From Wiktionary