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Meaning of sully

sul•ly

Pronunciation: (sul'ē), [key]
— v., n., pl. -lied, -ly•ing, -lies.
—v.t.
  1. to soil, stain, or tarnish.
  2. to mar the purity or luster of; defile: to sully a reputation.
—v.i.
  1. to become sullied, soiled, or tarnished.
—n.
  1. a stain; soil.

Sul•ly

Pronunciation: (sul'ē for 1 also Fr. sy&sylplē'), [key]
— n.
  1. 1560–1641, French statesman.
  2. 1783–1872, U.S. painter, born in England.
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