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at·taint

 (ə-tānt′)
tr.v. at·taint·ed, at·taint·ing, at·taints
1. To impart a stigma to; disgrace: "No breath of calumny ever attainted the personal purity of Savonarola" (Henry Hart Milman).
2. To pass a sentence of attainder against.
3. Archaic To infect or corrupt, as with illness or vice.
4. Archaic To accuse.
n.
1. A disgrace; a stigma.
2. Obsolete Attainder.

[Middle English attainten, from Old French ataint, past participle of ataindre, to affect; see attain.]

attaint

(əˈteɪnt)
vb (tr)
1. (Law) 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)
n
5. (Law) a less common word for attainder
6. a dishonour; taint
[C14: from Old French ateint convicted, from ateindre to attain]

at•taint

(əˈteɪnt)

v.t.
1. to punish with attainder.
2. to disgrace.
3. Archaic. to accuse.
4. Obs. to prove the guilt of.
n.
5. Obs. a stain; disgrace; taint.
[1250–1300; Middle English ataynten, derivative of ataynt convicted < Anglo-French, Old French, past participle of ataindre to convict, attain]

attaint


Past participle: attainted
Gerund: attainting

Imperative
attaint
attaint
Present
I attaint
you attaint
he/she/it attaints
we attaint
you attaint
they attaint
Preterite
I attainted
you attainted
he/she/it attainted
we attainted
you attainted
they attainted
Present Continuous
I am attainting
you are attainting
he/she/it is attainting
we are attainting
you are attainting
they are attainting
Present Perfect
I have attainted
you have attainted
he/she/it has attainted
we have attainted
you have attainted
they have attainted
Past Continuous
I was attainting
you were attainting
he/she/it was attainting
we were attainting
you were attainting
they were attainting
Past Perfect
I had attainted
you had attainted
he/she/it had attainted
we had attainted
you had attainted
they had attainted
Future
I will attaint
you will attaint
he/she/it will attaint
we will attaint
you will attaint
they will attaint
Future Perfect
I will have attainted
you will have attainted
he/she/it will have attainted
we will have attainted
you will have attainted
they will have attainted
Future Continuous
I will be attainting
you will be attainting
he/she/it will be attainting
we will be attainting
you will be attainting
they will be attainting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been attainting
you have been attainting
he/she/it has been attainting
we have been attainting
you have been attainting
they have been attainting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been attainting
you will have been attainting
he/she/it will have been attainting
we will have been attainting
you will have been attainting
they will have been attainting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been attainting
you had been attainting
he/she/it had been attainting
we had been attainting
you had been attainting
they had been attainting
Conditional
I would attaint
you would attaint
he/she/it would attaint
we would attaint
you would attaint
they would attaint
Past Conditional
I would have attainted
you would have attainted
he/she/it would have attainted
we would have attainted
you would have attainted
they would have attainted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.attaint - bring shame or dishonor uponattaint - bring shame or dishonor upon; "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"
befoul, maculate, defile, foul - spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
2.attaint - condemn by attainder; "the man was attainted"
condemn - demonstrate the guilt of (someone); "Her strange behavior condemned her"

attaint

noun
Archaic. A mark of discredit or disgrace:
Idiom: a blot on one's escutcheon.
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Le writ of attaint se fonde sur la suspicion qu'un premier jury de 12 membres a trahi son serment en rendant un faux verdict; si le jury de 24 membres qui est alors forme conclui a la faussete du verdict, les premiers jures sont emprisonnes pour un an et leurs biens meubles (chattels) sont confisques (53).
Mais la morphologie du writ of attaint se modifiera assez rapidement.
Il aura plusieurs impacts importants (56) sur la competence de la Court of Common Pleas, sur la portee du bref d'habeas corpus, sur la notion de jury nullification, sur l'independance des jurys et sur l'usage inapproprie de writ of attaint pour les priver de leur autonomie.