Definition of Attaint

1. Verb. Bring shame or dishonor upon. "The performance is likely to attaint Sue"; "He dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"

Exact synonyms: Disgrace, Dishonor, Dishonour, Shame
Specialized synonyms: Befoul, Defile, Foul, Maculate
Derivative terms: Disgrace, Dishonor, Dishonor, Dishonour, Dishonour, Shame, Shame
Antonyms: Honor

2. Verb. Condemn by attainder. "The man was attainted"
Generic synonyms: Condemn

Definition of Attaint

1. v. t. To attain; to get act; to hit.

2. p. p. Attainted; corrupted.

3. n. A touch or hit.

Definition of Attaint

1. Adjective. (obsolete) Convicted, attainted. ¹

2. Verb. (archaic) To subject to attainder; to condemn (someone) to death and extinction of all civil rights. ¹

3. Verb. (archaic) To subject to calumny; to accuse of a crime or dishonour. ¹

4. Verb. (rare) To taint; to corrupt, sully. ¹

5. Noun. (archaic) A blow or strike, especially in jousting. ¹

6. Noun. A wound on the leg of a horse caused by a blow ¹

7. Noun. (obsolete legal) The giving of a false verdict by a jury; the conviction of such a jury, and the reversal of the verdict ¹

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Definition of Attaint

1. to disgrace [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: disgrace

Medical Definition of Attaint

1. 1. To attain; to get act; to hit. 2. To find guilty; to convict; said especially. Of a jury on trial for giving a false verdict. "Upon sufficient proof attainted of some open act by men of his own condition." (Blackstone) 3. 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. 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 Phbus' golden face it did attaint." (Spenser) "Lest she with blame her honor should attaint." (Spenser) Origin: 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. A touch or hit. 2. A blow or wound on the leg of a horse, made by overreaching. 3. 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. 4. A stain or taint; disgrace. See Taint. 5. An infecting influence. Origin: OF. Attainte. See Attaint, v. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Attaint

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1. A General Abridgment of Law and Equity: Alphabetically Digested Under Proper by Charles Viner (1791)
"attaint aga'mß him who recovered and г others who hold that In attaint, land; ... cf the profit ¡ and fo fee that nontenure in attaint is a good »lea. ..."

2. The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England: Concerning High by Edward Coke (1797)
"Judgement in an attaint, Î. That the ... of a judgement given in an attaint. ... See the Institutes, feu, 514. verb, [en attaint.] Vide Mich, jli, 4. Rat. ..."

3. A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Thomas Bayly Howell, William Cobbett by Thomas Bayly Howell, William Cobbett (1816)
"finable ; for if an attaint will lie upon the verdict so given by them, they ought not to be fined and imprisoned by the judge tor that verdict; ..."

4. Britton: An English Translation and Notes by Francis Morgan Nichols (1901)
"In the examination of every record, before the attaint is granted or takes ... In the former case attaint does not lie, although the verdict of the jurors ..."

5. The Statutes at Large from the Magna Charta, to the End of the Eleventh by Great Britain (1763)
"(23) And if there be two or more plaintiffs in any fuch attaint ordained by ... the fame attaint ; and notwithstanding the death of the defendant or tenant, ..."

6. An universal etymological English dictionaryby Nathan Bailey by Nathan Bailey (1737)
"attaint'ED ^atteint, F.] corrupted, ... who are found guilty of Felony ,Trea- on, ®V. attaint' ..."

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