attainder

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at·tain·der

 (ə-tān′dər)
n.
1. Under English common law, the state of having lost one's legal and civil personhood, as through losing the legal capacity to own or pass on property.
2. Obsolete Dishonor.

[Middle English atteindre, act of attainting, from Old French ataindre, to convict, affect, attainder; see attain.]

attainder

(əˈteɪndə)
n
1. (Law) (formerly) the extinction of a person's civil rights resulting from a sentence of death or outlawry on conviction for treason or felony. See also bill of attainder
2. obsolete dishonour
Archaic equivalent: attainture
[C15: from Anglo-French attaindre to convict, from Old French ateindre to attain]

at•tain•der

(əˈteɪn dər)

n.
1. the extinction of a person's civil rights upon being sentenced to death or outlawry for treason or a felony.
2. Obs. dishonor.
[1425–75; late Middle English, n. use of Anglo-French attaindre to convict, Old French ataindre to convict, attain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.attainder - cancellation of civil rights
cancellation - the act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
Translations

attainder

[əˈteɪndəʳ] N (Jur) → extinción f de los derechos civiles de un individuo
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at 461 (invalidating, on Attainder Clause grounds, a law that punished the Communist Party by name - a party with thousands of members - and noting that it "was not uncommon for English acts of attainder to inflict their deprivations upon relatively large groups of people, sometimes by description rather than name").