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Law. to condemn by a sentence or a bill or act of attainder.
to disgrace.
Archaic. to accuse.
Obsolete. to prove the guilt of.
Obsolete. a stain; disgrace; taint.
Historical Examples

Let him die for my father and not for his country; let his name be attainted and his memory blighted.
The Cid Pierre Corneille

The fifth class of 85 persons are, as we said, not attainted at all.
Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry Thomas Davis

Now if he cut his throat in the train, could he be attainted of felony?
Cradock Nowell, Vol. 3 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore

They proposed that the queen should be attainted by a separate bill.
The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. Tobias Smollett

Both were again lost in 1397 on his son being beheaded and attainted.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6 Various

He was impeached of high treason and attainted in 1715; and he died in exile.
The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift

Jem felt that his own character had been attainted; and that to many it might still appear suspicious.
Mary Barton Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

In 1716, after his son had been attainted, he was made Viscount St. John.
The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift

Raleigh and Spenser had received grants of the lands of the attainted Desmonds.
Peeps at Many Lands: Ireland Katharine Tynan

This Act shall not extend to Persons convicted or attainted in Scotland.
A General History of the Pyrates: Daniel Defoe

verb (transitive) (archaic)
to pass judgment of death or outlawry upon (a person); condemn by bill of attainder
to dishonour or disgrace
to accuse or prove to be guilty
(of sickness) to affect or strike (somebody)
a less common word for attainder
a dishonour; taint


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