- 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 unattainted
Virtue repulsed, yet knows not to repine, / 25 But shall with unattainted honour shine.
- 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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