attaint

verb
at·​taint | \ ə-ˈtānt How to pronounce attaint (audio) \
attainted; attainting; attaints

Definition of attaint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to affect by attainder
b archaic : taint, sully
3 archaic : accuse

attaint

noun

Definition of attaint (Entry 2 of 2)

obsolete
: a stain upon honor or purity : disgrace

Examples of attaint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Michael Flynn’s judge suggested he might be guilty of treason. He’s not.," 18 Dec. 2018 The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Michael Flynn’s judge suggested he might be guilty of treason. He’s not.," 18 Dec. 2018 The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Michael Flynn’s judge suggested he might be guilty of treason. He’s not.," 18 Dec. 2018 The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Michael Flynn’s judge suggested he might be guilty of treason. He’s not.," 18 Dec. 2018 The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Michael Flynn’s judge suggested he might be guilty of treason. He’s not.," 18 Dec. 2018 The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Michael Flynn’s judge suggested he might be guilty of treason. He’s not.," 18 Dec. 2018 The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Michael Flynn’s judge suggested he might be guilty of treason. He’s not.," 18 Dec. 2018 The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Michael Flynn’s judge suggested he might be guilty of treason. He’s not.," 18 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'attaint.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of attaint

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for attaint

Verb

Middle English attaynten, from Anglo-French ateint, past participle of ateindre

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about attaint

Time Traveler for attaint

Time Traveler

The first known use of attaint was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for attaint

Cite this Entry

“Attaint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attaint. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for attaint

at·​taint | \ ə-ˈtānt How to pronounce attaint (audio) \

Legal Definition of attaint

: to subject (a person) to the consequences of attainder

History and Etymology for attaint

Anglo-French ateint, past participle of ateindre — see attainder

More from Merriam-Webster on attaint

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with attaint

Comments on attaint

What made you want to look up attaint? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!