from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To impart stigma to; disgrace: "No breath of calumny ever attainted the personal purity of Savonarola” ( Henry Hart Milman).
- transitive v. To pass a sentence of attainder against.
- transitive v. Archaic To infect or corrupt, as with illness or vice.
- transitive v. Archaic To accuse.
- n. Obsolete Attainder.
- n. Archaic A disgrace; a stigma.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Convicted, attainted.
- v. To subject to attainder; to condemn (someone) to death and extinction of all civil rights.
- v. To subject to calumny; to accuse of a crime or dishonour.
- v. To taint; to corrupt, sully.
- n. A blow or strike, especially in jousting.
- n. A wound on the leg of a horse caused by a blow
- n. The giving of a false verdict by a jury; the conviction of such a jury, and the reversal of the verdict
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To attain; to get act; to hit.
- transitive v. To find guilty; to convict; -- said esp. of a jury on trial for giving a false verdict.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To accuse; to charge with a crime or a dishonorable act.
- transitive v. To affect or infect, as with physical or mental disease or with moral contagion; to taint or corrupt.
- transitive v. To stain; to obscure; to sully; to disgrace; to cloud with infamy.
- Attainted; corrupted.
- n. A touch or hit.
- n. A blow or wound on the leg of a horse, made by overreaching.
- n. 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.
- n. A stain or taint; disgrace. See Taint.
- n. An infecting influence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To touch; hit in tilting.
- To attain; ascertain.
- To convict (a jury) of having given a false verdict.
- To affect with attainder; pass judgment on, as on one found guilty of a crime, as felony or treason, involving forfeiture of civil privileges.
- To accuse: with of: as, to attaint a person of sorcery.
- To affect with any passion or emotion.
- To taint; disgrace; cloud with infamy; stain; corrupt.
- Attainted; convicted.
- Tainted; corrupted; infected; attacked.
- n. The act of touching or hitting; specifically, in tilting, a hit.
- n. A blow or wound on the leg of a horse caused by overreaching.
- n. An ancient legal process instituted for reversing a false verdict given by a jury; conviction of a jury for giving such a verdict.
- n. In old law: A conviction. Impeachment.
- n. Infection; injurious or deleterious action.
- n. Attainder.
- n. A stain, spot, or taint; hence, a disgrace; an imputation involving dishonor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. bring shame or dishonor upon
- v. condemn by attainder
Middle English attainten, from Old French ataint, past participle of ataindre, to affect; see attain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French ateint, past participle of ateindre. (Wiktionary)