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Meaning of ATTAINT

Pronunciation:  u'teynt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  condemn by attainder
  2. [v]  bring dishonor upon

ATTAINT is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, shame
 Antonyms: honor, honour, reward
 See Also: befoul, condemn, defile, foul, maculate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \At*taint"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Attainted}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Attainting}.] [OE. atteynten to convict, fr. atteynt,
    OF. ateint, p. p. of ateindre, ataindre. The meanings 3, 4,
    5, and 6 were influenced by a supposed connection with taint.
    See {Attain}, {Attainder}.]
    1. To attain; to get act; to hit. [Obs.]
    2. (Old Law) To find guilty; to convict; -- said esp. of a
       jury on trial for giving a false verdict. [Obs.]
             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
             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
             For so exceeding shone his glistring ray, That
             Ph?bus' golden face it did attaint.   --Spenser.
             Lest she with blame her honor should attaint.
  2. \At*taint"\, p. p.
    Attainted; corrupted. [Obs.] --Shak.
  3. \At*taint"\, n. [OF. attainte. See {Attaint}, v.]
    1. A touch or hit. --Sir W. Scott.
    2. (Far.) A blow or wound on the leg of a horse, made by
       overreaching. --White.
    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. --Bouvier.
    4. A stain or taint; disgrace. See {Taint}. --Shak.
    5. An infecting influence. [R.] --Shak.