Definition of attaint:
- A blow or wound on the leg of a horse, made by overreaching.
- A stain or taint; disgrace. See Taint.
- A touch or hit.
- 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.
- An infecting influence.
- Attainted; corrupted.
- To accuse; to charge with a crime or a dishonorable act.
- To affect or infect, as with physical or mental disease or with moral contagion; to taint or corrupt.
- To attain; to get act; to hit.
- To find guilty; to convict; - said esp. of a jury on trial for giving a false verdict.
- To stain; to obscure; to sully; to disgrace; to cloud with infamy.
- 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.
take down, blemish, stain, onus, taint, ravish, outrage, shame, spot, assault, stigma, disgrace, black eye, violate, demean, blot, put down, respect, dishonour, rape, dishonor, tarnish, discredit, degrade, MARKS.
- "The Oedipus Trilogy", Sophocles.
A pride there is of rank- a pride of birth, A pride of learning, and a pride of purse, A London pride- in short, there be on earth A host of prides, some better and some worse; But of all prides, since Lucifer's attaint, The proudest swells a self- elected Saint.- "The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood", Thomas Hood.
- "The Death of Wallenstein A Play", Frederich Schiller.