[ uh-teyn-der ]
/ əˈteɪn dər /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for attainder

/ (əˈteɪndə) /


(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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