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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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