[n] French statesman (1560-1641)
[n] United States painter (born in England) of portraits and historical scenes (1783-1872)
[v] 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] 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"
[v] place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"
asperse, besmirch, calumniate, cloud, corrupt, defame, defile, denigrate, Duc de Sully, maculate, Maxmilien de Bethune, slander, smear, smirch, taint, tarnish, Thomas Sully