Sully (

     n 1: United States painter (born in England) of portraits and
          historical scenes (1783-1872) [syn: Sully, {Thomas
     2: French statesman (1560-1641) [syn: Sully, Duc de Sully,
        Maxmilien de Bethune]
     v 1: place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's
          reputation" [syn: defile, corrupt, taint, cloud]
     2: make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air, of metals; 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" [syn: tarnish, maculate,
     3: 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" [syn: defame, slander, smirch, asperse,
         denigrate, calumniate, smear, besmirch]