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Definition 1: French statesman (1560-1641) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for sully in the sense of this definition

(sully is an instance of ...) a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs

Definition 2: United States painter (born in England) of portraits and historical scenes (1783-1872) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for sully in the sense of this definition

(sully is an instance of ...) an artist who paints

Definition 3: charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone - [verb of communication]

Samples where sully or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for sully in the sense of this definition

(sully is a kind of ...) blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against

"he charged the director with indifference"

(... is a kind of sully ) destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation

"He assassinated his enemy's character"

(... is a kind of sully ) print slanderous statements against

"The newspaper was accused of libeling him"

(... is a kind of sully ) speak unfavorably about

"She badmouths her husband everywhere"

Definition 4: make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically - [verb of contact]

Samples where sully or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for sully in the sense of this definition

(sully is a kind of ...) make a spot or mark onto

"The wine spotted the tablecloth"

(... is a kind of sully ) tarnish or stain

"a scandal that darkened the family's good name"

Definition 5: place under suspicion or cast doubt upon - [verb of contact]

Samples where sully or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sully someone's reputation

Synonyms for sully in the sense of this definition

(sully is a kind of ...) make imperfect

"nothing marred her beauty"

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