- 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.
Origin of attaint
1250–1300; Middle English ataynte, derivative of ataynt convicted < Anglo-French, Old French, past participle of ataindre to convict, attain
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Examples from the Web for attaint
Hither he came, when attaint was lifted, late in those tottering years.The Spell of Scotland
It is proposed to attaint men for religion, and also for birth.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 5 (of 20)
Since all of the victims were dead, the attaint affected only their property.Give Me Liberty
Thomas J. Wertenbaker
Attaint, a writ at common law against a jury for a false verdict, finally abolished in England in 1825.
Now Parliament was called on by the king himself to attaint his ministers and his Queens.History of the English People
John Richard Green
- 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
C14: from Old French ateint convicted, from ateindre to attain
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