Verb attaint Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(archaic) To subject to attainder; to condemn (someone) to death and extinction of all civil rights. (archaic) To subject to calumny; to accuse of a crime or dishonour. (now rare) To taint; to corrupt, sully.

More definition:

1.Law. to condemn by a sentence or a bill or act of attainder. disgrace.

3.Archaic. to accuse.

4.Obsolete. to prove the guilt of.

5.Obsolete. a stain; disgrace; taint.

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 OriginC14, from Old French ateint convicted, from ateindre to attainCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source


A bill was brought into parliament to attaint Elizabeth Barton, a nun, who was said to have held treasonable language.

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