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attaint

[uh-teynt] /əˈteɪnt/
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.
noun
5.
Obsolete. a stain; disgrace; taint.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English ataynte, derivative of ataynt convicted < Anglo-French, Old French, past participle of ataindre to convict, attain
Related forms
unattainted, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for attaint

attaint

/əˈteɪnt/
verb (transitive) (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)
noun
5.
a less common word for attainder
6.
a dishonour; taint
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ateint convicted, from ateindre to attain
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