Attaint

Definition of Attaint

At`taint´
v. t.1.To attain; to get act; to hit.
[imp. & p. p. Attainted; p. pr. & vb. n. Attainting.]
2.(Old Law) To find guilty; to convict; - said esp. of a jury on trial for giving a false verdict.
Upon sufficient proof attainted of some open act by men of his own condition.
- Blackstone.
3.(Law) To subject (a person) to the legal condition formerly resulting from a sentence of death or outlawry, pronounced in respect of treason or felony; to affect by attainder.
No person shall be attainted of high treason where corruption of blood is incurred, but by the oath of two witnesses.
- Stat. 7 & 8 Wm. III.
4.To accuse; to charge with a crime or a dishonorable act.
5.To affect or infect, as with physical or mental disease or with moral contagion; to taint or corrupt.
My tender youth was never yet attaint
With any passion of inflaming love.
- Shak.
6.To stain; to obscure; to sully; to disgrace; to cloud with infamy.
For so exceeding shone his glistring ray,
That Ph bus' golden face it did attaint.
- Spenser.
Lest she with blame her honor should attaint.
- Spenser.
p. p.1.Attainted; corrupted.
n.1.A touch or hit.
2.(Far.) A blow or wound on the leg of a horse, made by overreaching.
3.(Law) A writ which lies after judgment, to inquire whether a jury has given a false verdict in any court of record; also, the convicting of the jury so tried.
4.A stain or taint; disgrace. See Taint.
5.An infecting influence.

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befoul, defile, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, foul, maculate, shame
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