At*taint" (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attainted; p. pr. & vb. n. Attainting.] [OE. atteynten to convict, fr. atteynt, OF. ateint, p. p. of ateindre, ataindre. The meanings 3, 4, 5, and 6 were influenced by a supposed connection with taint. See Attain, Attainder.]

1.

To attain; to get act; to hit.

[Obs.]

2. OldLaw

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. Blackstone.

3. 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. Stat. 7 & 8 Wm. III.

4.

To accuse; to charge with a crime or a dishonorable act.

[Archaic]

5.

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. Shak.

6.

To stain; to obscure; to sully; to disgrace; to cloud with infamy.

For so exceeding shone his glistring ray, That Phbus' golden face it did attaint. Spenser.

Lest she with blame her honor should attaint. Spenser.

 

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At*taint", p. p.

Attainted; corrupted.

[Obs.]

Shak.

 

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At*taint", n. [OF. attainte. See Attaint, v.]

1.

A touch or hit.

Sir W. Scott.

2. Far.

A blow or wound on the leg of a horse, made by overreaching.

White.

3. Law

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.

Bouvier.

4.

A stain or taint; disgrace. See Taint.

Shak.

5.

An infecting influence.

[R.]

Shak.

 

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