- Law. to condemn by a sentence or a bill or act of attainder.
- to disgrace.
- Archaic. to accuse.
- Obsolete. to prove the guilt of.
- Obsolete. a stain; disgrace; taint.
Origin of attaint
1250–1300; Middle English ataynte, derivative of ataynt convicted < Anglo-French, Old French, past participle of ataindre to convict, attain
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Examples from the Web for attainted
The prisons were choked with attainted and suspected rebels.Mistress Wilding
Under Edward IV his lands are naturally granted to other people and he is attainted.Henry the Sixth
The fifth class of 85 persons are, as we said, not attainted at all.
They proposed that the queen should be attainted by a separate bill.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.
In 1716, after his son had been attainted, he was made Viscount St. John.The Journal to Stella
- to pass judgment of death or outlawry upon (a person); condemn by bill of attainder
- to dishonour or disgrace
- to accuse or prove to be guilty
- (of sickness) to affect or strike (somebody)
- a less common word for attainder
- a dishonour; taint
C14: from Old French ateint convicted, from ateindre to attain
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