Definitions for: Attaint


[v] condemn by attainder
[v] bring dishonor upon



Webster (1913) Definition: At*taint", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attainted; p. pr. &
vb. n. Attainting.] [OE. atteynten to convict, fr. atteynt,
OF. ateint, p. p. of ateindre, ataindre. The meanings 3, 4,
5, and 6 were influenced by a supposed connection with taint.
See Attain, Attainder.]
1. To attain; to get act; to hit. [Obs.]

2. (Old Law) To find guilty; to convict; -- said esp. of a
jury on trial for giving a false verdict. [Obs.]

Upon sufficient proof attainted of some open act by
men of his own condition. --Blackstone.

3. (Law) To subject (a person) to the legal condition
formerly resulting from a sentence of death or outlawry,
pronounced in respect of treason or felony; to affect by
attainder.

No person shall be attainted of high treason where
corruption of blood is incurred, but by the oath of
two witnesses. --Stat. 7 & 8
Wm. III.

4. To accuse; to charge with a crime or a dishonorable act.
[Archaic]

5. To affect or infect, as with physical or mental disease or
with moral contagion; to taint or corrupt.

My tender youth was never yet attaint With any
passion of inflaming love. --Shak.

6. To stain; to obscure; to sully; to disgrace; to cloud with
infamy.

For so exceeding shone his glistring ray, That
Ph?bus' golden face it did attaint. --Spenser.

Lest she with blame her honor should attaint.
--Spenser.


At*taint", p. p.
Attainted; corrupted. [Obs.] --Shak.


At*taint", n. [OF. attainte. See Attaint, v.]
1. A touch or hit. --Sir W. Scott.

2. (Far.) A blow or wound on the leg of a horse, made by
overreaching. --White.

3. (Law) A writ which lies after judgment, to inquire whether
a jury has given a false verdict in any court of record;
also, the convicting of the jury so tried. --Bouvier.

4. A stain or taint; disgrace. See Taint. --Shak.

5. An infecting influence. [R.] --Shak.

Synonyms: disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, shame

Antonyms: honor, honour, reward

See Also: befoul, condemn, defile, foul, maculate

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