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
2a : infect, corrupt
b archaic : taint, sully
3 archaic : accuse

attaint

noun

Definition of attaint (Entry 2 of 2)

obsolete
: a stain upon honor or purity : disgrace

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

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“Attaint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attaint. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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attaint

transitive verb
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

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