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verb (used with object)
  1. Law. to condemn by a sentence or a bill or act of attainder.
  2. to disgrace.
  3. Archaic. to accuse.
  4. Obsolete. to prove the guilt of.
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  1. 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
Related formsun·at·taint·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Virtue repulsed, yet knows not to repine, / 25 But shall with unattainted honour shine.

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British Dictionary definitions for unattainted


verb (tr) archaic
  1. to pass judgment of death or outlawry upon (a person); condemn by bill of attainder
  2. to dishonour or disgrace
  3. to accuse or prove to be guilty
  4. (of sickness) to affect or strike (somebody)
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  1. a less common word for attainder
  2. a dishonour; taint
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Word Origin

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