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.

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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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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