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SULLY (sullied)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Sully mean? 

SULLY (noun)
  The noun SULLY has 2 senses:

1. United States painter (born in England) of portraits and historical scenes (1783-1872)
2. French statesman (1560-1641)

  Familiarity information: SULLY used as a noun is rare.


SULLY (verb)
  The verb SULLY has 3 senses:

1. place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
2. make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
3. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

  Familiarity information: SULLY used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SULLY (noun)


Sense 1Sully [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Sully; Thomas Sully

Instance hypernyms:

painter (an artist who paints)


Sense 2Sully [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

French statesman (1560-1641)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Duc de Sully; Maxmilien de Bethune; Sully

Instance hypernyms:

national leader; solon; statesman (a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs)


SULLY (verb)


Sense 1sully [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

defile; sully; taint; corrupt; cloud

Context example:

sully someone's reputation

Hypernyms (to "sully" is one way to...):

deflower; impair; mar; spoil; vitiate (make imperfect)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2sully [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

tarnish; maculate; sully; defile; stain

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "sully" is one way to...):

blob; blot; fleck; spot (make a spot or mark onto)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sully"):

darken (tarnish or stain)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3sully [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

defame; calumniate; besmirch; asperse; slander; smirch; denigrate; sully; smear

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "sully" is one way to...):

accuse; charge (blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sully"):

assassinate (destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation)

libel (print slanderous statements against)

badmouth; drag through the mud; malign; traduce (speak unfavorably about)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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