[ uh-teynt ]
/ əˈteɪnt /

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.


Obsolete. a stain; disgrace; taint.

Nearby words

  1. attain,
  2. attainable,
  3. attainder,
  4. attainment,
  5. attainment target,
  6. attainture,
  7. attalid,
  8. attalus i,
  9. attalus ii,
  10. attalus iii

Origin of attaint

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

Related formsun·at·taint·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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)


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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