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Synonyms for sully
ˈsʌl i; for 1 also Fr. süˈlisul·ly

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sully

    The hand may be defiled by a touch of pitch; swine that have been wallowing in the mud are befouled. Contaminate and infect refer to something evil that deeply pervades and permeates, as the human body or mind. Pollute is used chiefly of liquids; as, water polluted with sewage. Tainted meat is repulsive; infected meat contains germs of disease. A soiled garment may be cleansed by washing; a spoiled garment is beyond cleansing or repair. Bright metal is tarnished by exposure; a fair sheet is sullied by a dirty hand. In figurative use, defile may be used merely in the ceremonial sense; "they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled," John xviii, 28; contaminate refers to deep spiritual injury. Pollute has also a reference to sacrilege; as, to pollute a sanctuary, an altar, or an ordinance. The innocent are often contaminated by association with the wicked; the vicious are more and more corrupted by their own excesses. We speak of a vitiated taste or style; fraud vitiates a title or a contract.

    Synonyms:
    befoul, contaminate, corrupt, defile, infect, pollute, soil, spoil, stain, taint, tarnish, vitiate

    Antonyms:
    clean, cleanse, disinfect, hallow, purify, sanctify, wash

    Preposition:
    The temple was defiled with blood; defiled by sacrilegious deeds.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sully

    Synonyms:
    soil, efface, dirty, taint, tarnish, spot, stain, spoil, disgrace, dishonor

    Antonyms:
    purify, cleanse, ennoble, dignify, signalize, glorify, honor

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Sully, Thomas Sullynoun

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

  2. Sully, Duc de Sully, Maxmilien de Bethuneverb

    French statesman (1560-1641)

  3. defile, sully, corrupt, taint, cloudverb

    place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

    "sully someone's reputation"

    Synonyms:
    subvert, besmirch, fog, calumniate, foul, infect, overcast, becloud, befoul, maculate, slander, demoralise, dapple, cloud, misdirect, debase, pervert, demoralize, defame, asperse, vitiate, profane, defile, obscure, mist, stain, haze over, taint, smear, denigrate, deprave, mottle, tarnish, buy, befog, grease one's palms, smirch, bribe, debauch, spoil, corrupt, obnubilate

  4. tarnish, stain, maculate, sully, defileverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    calumniate, maculate, asperse, tarnish, smear, denigrate, slander, defile, corrupt, stain, besmirch, smirch, defame, foul, taint, cloud, befoul

  5. defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirchverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    besmirch, smudge, asperse, maculate, taint, smear, smutch, calumniate, tarnish, denigrate, minimize, slander, blur, defile, stain, daub, smirch, defame, corrupt, belittle, cloud, derogate

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sullyverb

    Synonyms:
    soil, stain, tarnish, spot, blemish, dirty, contaminate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "sully":

    tarnish

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How to use sully in a sentence?

  1. President Nicolas Maduro:

    The plan is to consolidate territories of peace wherever the OLP operations take place, to free the people of this paramilitary stain and these criminal gangs that sully our people.

  2. Patrik Allvin:

    I do n’t anticipate anything other than me being in Pittsburgh and being prepared, that’s my message to the staff. Obviously, I ’ll spend some more time with Sully here and see what’s needed or not.

  3. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz:

    It reveals a lot about character. It reveals a lot about class, that Donald's instinct is to try to attack my wife and sully her. That should be beneath Donald, but the reason he's doing that is he had a very bad night.

  4. Pitts Fauci:

    A miracle would be great, who doesnt love miracles? But miracles shouldnt be Plan A. Even Sully tried to land at the airport first.

  5. Emmanuel Ludot:

    In France you cannot sully the image of the dead, there's moral and emotional suffering. And when there's suffering, there's compensation. It's very simple.


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