from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In the ancient common law, the state of an offender who had been sentenced for a capital offense.
- n. Obsolete Dishonor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state a prisoner enters once a death sentence (usually for treason) had been issued; the state of being stripped of all civil rights.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of attainting, or the state of being attainted; the extinction of the civil rights and capacities of a person, consequent upon sentence of death or outlawry.
- n. A stain or staining; state of being in dishonor or condemnation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of attainting, or the state of being attainted; the legal consequence of judgment of death or outlawry pronounced in respect of treason or felony: as, a bill of attainder; to remove an attainder.
- n. A bringing under some disgrace, stain, or imputation; the state of being in dishonor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. cancellation of civil rights
Middle English atteindre, act of attainting, from Old French ataindre, to convict, affect, attainder; see attain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman ataindre, with infinitive used as noun frequent in Law French. (Wiktionary)