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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.]


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)
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.
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
Gerund: attainting

I attaint
you attaint
he/she/it attaints
we attaint
you attaint
they attaint
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
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
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"


Archaic. A mark of discredit or disgrace:
Idiom: a blot on one's escutcheon.
References in classic literature ?
This politic selection did not alter the fortune of the field, the challengers were still successful: one of their antagonists was overthrown, and both the others failed in the attaint,* that is,
Como ese riesgo implicaba la posibilidad de ser ahorcado, el jurado debia ser dejado en libertad para decidir y, mas importante aun, no podia ser sometido a ninguna sancion posterior por su decision, con la excepcion del procedimiento de perjurio (attaint) al que sus miembros eran sometidos cuando habia indicios de que faltaron conscientemente a la verdad en su veredicto (sobre el procedimiento de perjurio o attaint, vease Plucknett, 2001, p.
light of the failure of the historic tool of jury control, the attaint.
The team did not only leave with the forth place which is considered the highest place ever attaint by an Egyptian, African or Arab team; but also one of the team's brilliant members, Nancy Yousry, took second place in the business presentation.
We can say from this figure that as z enters into the stenosed zone the axial velocity starts decreasing from its maximum value in nonstenosed zone until the first constriction attaint its maximum value near z = 4 and then it gradually increases up to z = 5.
However, representatives of the suborder Miliolina, almost absent in the section of Zambujal de Alcaria, attaint important relative abundances in some assemblages.
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).
Egypt - This endorsement included the ouster of Washington's longtime standby, Husni Mubarak - with no attention called to the facts that Mubarak's military oligarchy still runs Egypt, and that the annual American "aid" package to Egypt compels the unwitting taxpayer to finance a three-way attaint of political opportunism: 1) bribing Egypt to tolerate Israel's repression of its Palestinian subjects; 2) supplying the acquisitive Egyptian military establishment with free weapons, when there is no enemy in sight; 3) subsidizing the American arms industry.
He is then called attaint, attinctus, stained, or blackened.
15) During the medieval period, jury verdicts could be quashed through a process known as attaint.
45) Those pleas include autrefois acquit, (46) autrefois convict, (47) autrefois attaint, (48) and former pardon.
The disparate historical treatment of inadequate and excessive damages is partially attributable to the ancient procedure for obtaining a new jury trial, the attaint, which was limited to remedying excessive verdicts.