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attaint


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Attaint  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Attaint  \At*taint"\,  p.  p. 
  Attainted;  corrupted.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Attaint  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  attaint 
  v  1:  bring  dishonor  upon  [syn:  {dishonor},  {disgrace},  {dishonour}, 
  {shame}]  [ant:  {honor}] 
  2:  condemn  by  attainder 




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