attaint

verb
at·taint | \ ə-ˈtānt \
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

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Taking over a team that went 2-14 the prior year and had never attainted any type of success on the field, Goldberg helped transform the downtrodden program into a district title contender during his four years with the school. Wells Dusenbury, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Jeff Goldberg steps down as Heritage-Delray lacrosse coach," 27 Sep. 2017

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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

Transitive verb

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

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attaint

transitive verb
at·taint | \ ə-ˈtānt \

Legal Definition of attaint 

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

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