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Attaint  v. t.  (past & past part. attainted; pres. part. attainting)  
To attain; to get act; to hit. (Obs.)
(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."
(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."
To accuse; to charge with a crime or a dishonorable act. (Archaic)
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."
To stain; to obscure; to sully; to disgrace; to cloud with infamy. "Lest she with blame her honor should attaint."

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"Attaint" Quotes from Famous Books

... had not known, Nor branch and root his house o'erthrown." Nor wholly scorn, nor yet attend Too much at what the tatlers vend, Because there's many a sad neglect. Where you have little to suspect; And treach'rous persons will attaint Men, against whom there's no complaint. Hence simple folks too may be taught How to form judgments as they ought, And not see with another's glass; For things are come to such a pass, That love and hate work diff'rent ways, ...
— The Fables of Phdrus - Literally translated into English prose with notes • Phaedrus

... largely into the fields of literature, and to become more of intellectual and independent creatures, than they have yet been in these islands. In these circumstances, it seems to be of incalculable importance, that no attaint should be given to the delicacy and purity of their expanding minds; that their increasing knowledge should be of good chiefly, and not of evil; that they should not consider modesty as one of the prejudices from which ...
— Famous Reviews • Editor: R. Brimley Johnson

... force of your report, My noble Lord of Suffolk, or for that My tender youth was never yet attaint With any passion of inflaming love, I cannot tell; but this I am assured, I feel such sharp dissension in my breast, Such fierce alarums both of hope and fear, As I am sick with working of my thoughts. ...
— King Henry VI, First Part • William Shakespeare [Aldus edition]

... the Miner been ready to pay the Customes aforesaid or noe and they deny Then the Gavellr by the strength of the King shall make the Miner sweare by his Faith And if the Miner bee found by his fellowship forsworne then the Miner shall be attaint A foresworne miner.against the King and shall never bee believed more agst any man and after if hee bee found with Mine within the Mine in [with] his cloathes pertaining to the Mine every week he shall ...
— Iron Making in the Olden Times - as instanced in the Ancient Mines, Forges, and Furnaces of The Forest of Dean • H. G. Nicholls

... loving money, and not always scrupulous as to the means of getting it. Coming events, too, were soon to have their effect on this secluded community. Regiments, red and blue, trumpets, drums, banners, artillery trains, and all the din of war transformed its peaceful streets, and brought some attaint to domestic morals hitherto commendable; for during the next five years Albany was to be the principal base of military ...
— Montcalm and Wolfe • Francis Parkman

... she had grown half fearful and half angry at the long delay—that she was woman, and ambitious—that she had heard of Mildred's mine of wealth, and longed to share it with him. Such secrets, gentle reader, might, if revealed, attaint the lady's character. I therefore choose to keep them to myself. It is very certain that Mildred was forthwith accepted, and that, after a courtship of three months, he led to the altar a woman of whose beauty and ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 337, November, 1843 • Various

... no man dare, when I am dead, to charge me with dishonor; let no man attaint my memory, by believing that I could have engaged in any cause but that of my country's liberty and independence; or that I could have become the pliant minion of power, in the oppression and misery ...
— Speeches from the Dock, Part I • Various

Words linked to "Attaint" :   dishonour, disgrace, dishonor, befoul, maculate, foul, defile, condemn, shame

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