—v.t. 1. to soil, stain, or tarnish.
2. to mar the purity or luster of; defile: to sully a reputation.
—v.i. to become sullied, soiled, or tarnished.
—n. Obs.a stain; soil.
Pronunciation: (sul'ē; for 1 also Fr. sy-lē'),[key] —n. 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.