attaint


attaint
at·taint /ə-'tānt/ vt [Anglo-French ateint, past participle of ateindre see attainder]: to subject (a person) to the consequences of attainder

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

attaint
I noun abasement, bad name, bad reputation, bad repute, brand, debasement, defilement, degradation, derogation, deviation from rectitude, disapprobation, discredit, disesteem, disgrace, dishonor, disreputability, disrepute, disrespect, humiliation, ignominy, ill fame, ill favor, ill repute, improbity, imputation, infamy, ingloriousness, loss of reputation, mark, obloquy, odium, opprobrium, reproach, shame, smear, smirch, stain, stigma, taint, tarnish, tarnished honor associated concepts: attainder, autrefois attaint, bill of attainder, civil death II index bad repute, brand (stigmatize), convict, denigrate, discredit, disgrace (noun), disgrace (verb), dishonor (shame), dishonor (deprive of honor), ignominy, impeach, notoriety, opprobrium, pillory, scandal, shame, smear, stain, sully

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • Attaint — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Attaint — At*taint , n. [OF. attainte. See {Attaint}, v.] 1. A touch or hit. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. (Far.) A blow or wound on the leg of a horse, made by overreaching. White. [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) A writ which lies after judgment, to inquire… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Attaint — At*taint , p. p. Attainted; corrupted. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attaint — vb taint, pollute, defile, *contaminate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • attaint — [ə tānt′] vt. attainted, attainting [ME atteinten, to convict < OFr ateint, pp. of ataindre (see ATTAIN); sense infl. by Anglo Fr teinte, TAINT] 1. to punish by attainder 2. Archaic to disgrace or dishonor 3. Archaic to infect …   English World dictionary

  • attaint — 1. verb a) To subject to attainder; to condemn (someone) to death and extinction of all civil rights. Amoret right fearefull was and faint, / Lest she with blame her honor should attaint [...]. b) To subject to calumny; to accuse …   Wiktionary

  • Attaint — 1) The word was used of a nobleman convicted of an act seriously dishonourable, such as *treason. The punishment was usually death and the forfeiture of all lands and estates, leaving descendants without inheritance. Cf. previous 2) [atteint]. A… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • attaint — verb 1》 historical subject to attainder. 2》 archaic (of a disease) affect or infect. Origin ME (in the sense touch, attain ): from obs. attaint (adjective), from OFr. ataint, ateint, past participle of ateindre (see attain) …   English new terms dictionary

  • attaint — v.tr. 1 hist. subject to attainder. 2 a (of disease etc.) strike, affect. b taint. Etymology: ME f. obs. attaint (adj.) f. OF ataint, ateint past part. formed as ATTAIN: confused in meaning with TAINT …   Useful english dictionary

  • attaint — I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English attaynten, from Anglo French ateint, past participle of ateindre Date: 14th century 1. to affect by attainder 2. a. infect, corrupt b. archaic taint, sully …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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