(noun, verb)


1. place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

- sully someone's reputation

Similar word(s): cloud, corrupt, defile, taint

Definition categories: contact, deflower, impair, mar, spoil, vitiate

2. make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically

Similar word(s): defile, maculate, stain, tarnish

Definition categories: contact, blob, blot, fleck, spot

3. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

Similar word(s): asperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, denigrate, slander, smear, smirch

Definition categories: communication, accuse, charge

Sentences with sully as a verb:

- He did not wish to sully his hands with gardening.

- He did not wish to sully his reputation with an ill-mannered comment.