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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.
1. A disgrace; a stigma.
2. Obsolete Attainder.
[Middle English attainten, from Old French ataint, past participle of ataindre, to affect; see attain.]
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)
5. (Law) a less common word for attainder
6. a dishonour; taint
[C14: from Old French ateint convicted, from ateindre to attain]
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]
Past participle: attainted
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|Verb||1.||attaint - bring shame or dishonor upon; "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"|
|2.||attaint - condemn by attainder; "the man was attainted"|
condemn - demonstrate the guilt of (someone); "Her strange behavior condemned her"