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attainder

[ uh-teyn-der ]
/ əˈteɪn dər /
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noun
the legal consequence of judgment of death or outlawry for treason or felony, involving the loss of all civil rights.
Obsolete. dishonor.
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Origin of attainder

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English attaynder, atteindor, noun use of Old French ataindre, ateindre “to attain, touch (upon), affect, convict”; see origin at attain
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British Dictionary definitions for attainder

attainder
/ (əˈteɪndə) /

noun
(formerly) the extinction of a person's civil rights resulting from a sentence of death or outlawry on conviction for treason or felonySee also bill of attainder
obsolete dishonour
Archaic equivalent: attainture (əˈteɪntʃə)

Word Origin for attainder

C15: from Anglo-French attaindre to convict, from Old French ateindre to attain
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