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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.]


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]


(əˈteɪn dər)

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


[əˈteɪndəʳ] N (Jur) → extinción f de los derechos civiles de un individuo
References in classic literature ?
By a limited Constitution, I understand one which contains certain specified exceptions to the legislative authority; such, for instance, as that it shall pass no bills of attainder, no ex post facto laws, and the like.
To declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture, except during the life of the person attained.
No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.
The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
The gentle force of attainder or confiscation or death which, as you are aware, these new Sophists and educators who are the public, apply when their words are powerless.
The Sixth Amendment right to a trial (249) and the ban on bills of attainder (250) are examples.
84 lauds the Convention's draft Constitution for all of the affirmative specifications of rights that it did contain--to habeas corpus, to jury trial, against bills of attainder, against convictions for treason without the testimony of two witnesses, and so on.
For example, in Polyukhovich v Commonwealth, (61) six of the seven members of the High Court held that the Commonwealth Parliament was constitutionally prohibited from enacting a Bill of Attainder.
Carried out in the first year of Queen Mary's reign, it followed on from the attainder (forfeiture of land because of treason) of John Dudley, the Duke of Northumberland, who had come to be the lord of Birmingham.
84) Marshall pointed out that the Constitution provided that "no bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed.
894-99 and William Stacy, "Richard Rooseand the Use of Parliamentary Attainder in the Reign of Henry VIII Historical Journal, 29 (1986), pp.