- the legal consequence of judgment of death or outlawry for treason or felony, involving the loss of all civil rights.
- Obsolete. dishonor.
Origin of attainder
1425–75; late Middle English, noun use of Anglo-French attaindre to convict, Old French ataindre to convict, attain
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Examples from the Web for attainder
This Bill of his Attainder shall not have One true man's hand to it.Browning's England
Helen Archibald Clarke
The first measure brought forward was the repeal of Pole's attainder.The Reign of Mary Tudor
W. Llewelyn Williams.
A period from about the death of Anne Boleyn to his attainder.
Is attainder and corruption of blood ever a proper punishment?Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume I (of 10)
John Gibson Lockhart
This bill of attainder was passed by a large majority—yeas 204, nays 59.Charles I
- (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)
C15: from Anglo-French attaindre to convict, from Old French ateindre to attain
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Word Origin and History for attainder
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