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English noun: Sully

1. Sully (person) United States painter (born in England) of portraits and historical scenes (1783-1872)

SynonymsThomas Sully

Instance hypernympainter

2. Sully (person) French statesman (1560-1641)

SynonymsDuc de Sully, Maxmilien de Bethune

Instance hypernymnational leader, solon, statesman

English verb: sully

1. sully (contact) place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

SamplesSully someone's reputation.

Synonymscloud, corrupt, defile, taint

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)deflower, impair, mar, spoil, vitiate

2. sully (contact) make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically

SamplesThe silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air.
Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man.

Synonymsdefile, maculate, stain, tarnish

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)blob, blot, fleck, spot

Narrower (hyponym)darken

3. sully (communication) charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

SamplesThe journalists have defamed me!.
The article in the paper sullied my reputation.

Synonymsasperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, denigrate, slander, smear, smirch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)accuse, charge

Narrower (hyponym)assassinate, badmouth, drag through the mud, libel, malign, traduce

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