• WordNet 3.6
    • v sully charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"
    • v sully make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air","Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"
    • v sully place under suspicion or cast doubt upon "sully someone's reputation"
    • n Sully French statesman (1560-1641)
    • n Sully United States painter (born in England) of portraits and historical scenes (1783-1872)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On Dec. 10th 1901 the 1st Nobel prizes were awarded. Literature Rene Sully-Prudhomme; Physiology Emil von Behring; Chemistly Jacobus van't Hoff; Physics Wilhelm Roentgen; Peace Jean Henri Dunant Frederic Passy.
    • n Sully Soil; tarnish; stain. "A noble and triumphant merit breaks through little spots and sullies in his reputation."
    • v. i Sully To become soiled or tarnished. "Silvering will sully and canker more than gilding."
    • v. t Sully To soil; to dirty; to spot; to tarnish; to stain; to darken; -- used literally and figuratively; as, to sully a sword; to sully a person's reputation. "Statues sullied yet with sacrilegious smoke.""No spots to sully the brightness of this solemnity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sully To soil; stain; tarnish; defile.
    • sully Figuratively, to stain or tarnish morally.
    • sully To dim; darken.
    • sully To be or become soiled or tarnished.
    • n sully Soil; tarnish; spot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Sully sul′i to soil: to spot: to tarnish
    • v.i Sully to be soiled:—pa.t. and pa.p. sull′ied
    • n Sully spot: tarnish
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  • Sir Walter Scott
    “Credit is like a looking-glass, which when once sullied by a breath, may be wiped clear again; but if once cracked can never be repaired.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sulien, AS. sylian, fr. sol, mire; akin to G. suhle, mire, sich, sühlen, to wallow, Sw. söla, to bemire, Dan. söle, Goth. bisaulijan, to defile


In literature:

During his professorship at the Conservatoire, Mounet-Sully was one of his pupils.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Sully, afterward the famous minister of Henry IV, had a narrow escape.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
All lie prostrate, as if the glance of an Arab's eye could sully the lustre of a lady's cheek!
"The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886" by Ministry of Education
We should not weep in wishing welfare, nor sully felicity with tears.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
Never, never shall your shield be sullied while I bear it!
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
Even the memory of his grand passion was now corrupted, sullied, debased.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
During this long period of suspense, no doubt of the tenderness and truth of him she loved had ever sullied Mary's faith.
"Evenings at Donaldson Manor" by Maria J. McIntosh
As I have not got Sully's Memoirs, I shall be delighted if you will be so good as to give them to me.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
For what followed we may quote Sully.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Sully Gets the Jump on Pomp.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various

In poetry:

Perpetuall knockings at thy doore,
Tears sullying thy transparent rooms,
Gift upon gift; much would have more,
And comes.
"Gratefulnesse" by George Herbert
But never once I dare
To see thine image till the day be new,
And lip hath sullied not the unbreathed air,
And waking eyes are few,
"Isabel" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
See! Fast from his bosom the life-tide is ebbing,
His white lips are moving in penitent prayer
His hands firmly close o’er a time sullied portrait,
At his side is the flag he will never more bear.
"The Color Bearer's Last Words" by Joseph Warren Watson
For, though spotless herself, she could sorrow for them
Who sullied with evil the spirit's pure gem;
And a sigh or a tear could the erring reprove,
And the sting of reproof was still tempered by love.
"A Lament" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The one acquainted with Death and change,
And with anguish faint and pale,
The other as fresh as the earliest rose
That opened in Eden's vale.
Dear Lord! that ever the blight should fall,
That sin should sully and Death appall!
"The First Look" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
He turned then to Gyges, who stept back, and, pale,
Shook as with fear, and could not speak. At length :
"O king, unto thy gracious will not now
Dare I be bent! Nay, sire, it is not meet
That I should venture thus — 'twould sully her.
"The King Of Sardis" by E J Rupert Atkinson

In news:

Godsmack's Sully Erna has been on the road doing some solo shows recently.
Sully Native Back Home at Pella Regional Health Center.
Pella Regional Adds Doctor To Monroe, Sully Clinics.
Local Sully Club Dog Members.
Molly is a 0-year-old Mixed Breed from Sully , IA.
Recent " sully sullenberger" Stories, Video and Galleries.
Hero airline pilot-turned aviation safety speaker Sully Sullenberger will be taking kids up in the air for free this weekend.
Sully 's Brickyard Pub.
See all past events at Sully 's Brickyard Pub.
Chesley ' Sully ' Sullenberger.
Sully 's Book Gets Title, Coauthor.
PC wins big over Lynnville- Sully .
Pella — The Pella Christian and Lynnville- Sully football game was a contest of neighbors facing off.
Sully County Car Insurance by City.
Sully County Car Insurance.

In science:

Black hole complementarity, as originally formulated in the 1990’s by Preskill, ’t Hooft, and myself is now being challenged by the Almheiri-Marolf-Polchinski-Sully firewall argument.
Black Hole Complementarity and the Harlow-Hayden Conjecture
Recently BHC has been challenged by Almheiri, Marolf, Polchinski and Sully (AMPS) . who argued that the postulates of BHC are mutually inconsistent; in particular, they claim that the purity postulate, the assumption of semiclassical QFT outside the black hole, and the no-drama postulate lead to a contradiction1 .
Black Hole Complementarity and the Harlow-Hayden Conjecture
Sully, “Black Holes: Complementarity or Firewalls?,” arXiv:1207.3123 [hep-th].
Black Hole Complementarity and the Harlow-Hayden Conjecture
These include one of historical importance — that of Freedman and Clauser, in 1972 — which used a test not sullied by either of the above possibilities.
The "Chaotic Ball" model,local realism and the Bell test loopholes
Morrison, Sakura Schafer-Nameki, and James Sully.
Models of Particle Physics from Type IIB String Theory and F-theory: A Review