Pronunciation: (sul'ē), [key]
—v., -lied, -ly•ing,
—n., pl. -lies.
1. to soil, stain, or tarnish.
2. to mar the purity or luster of; defile: to sully a reputation.
to become sullied, soiled, or tarnished.
Obs.a stain; soil.
Pronunciation: (sul'ē; for 1 also Fr. sy-lē'), [key]
1. Ma•xi•mi•lien de Bé•thune Pronunciation: (mak-sē-mē-lyan' du bā-tyn'), [key] Duc de, 1560–1641, French statesman.
2. Thomas, 1783–1872, U.S. painter, born in England.
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