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attaint

[ uh-teynt ]
/ əˈteɪnt /
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verb (used with object)
Law. to condemn by a sentence or a bill or act of attainder.
to disgrace.
Archaic. to accuse.
Obsolete. to prove the guilt of.
noun
Obsolete. a stain; disgrace; taint.
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Origin of attaint

1250–1300; Middle English ataynte, derivative of ataynt convicted <Anglo-French, Old French, past participle of ataindre to convict, attain

OTHER WORDS FROM attaint

un·at·taint·ed, adjective
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How to use attaint in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for attaint

attaint
/ (əˈteɪnt) /

verb (tr) archaic
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)
noun
a less common word for attainder
a dishonour; taint

Word Origin for attaint

C14: from Old French ateint convicted, from ateindre to attain
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