• WordNet 3.6
    • v attaint condemn by attainder "the man was attainted"
    • v attaint bring shame or dishonor upon "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Attaint (Far) A blow or wound on the leg of a horse, made by overreaching.
    • Attaint A stain or taint; disgrace. See Taint.
    • Attaint A touch or hit.
    • Attaint (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.
    • Attaint An infecting influence.
    • p. p Attaint Attainted; corrupted.
    • Attaint To accuse; to charge with a crime or a dishonorable act.
    • Attaint 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."
    • Attaint To attain; to get act; to hit.
    • Attaint (Old Law) To find guilty; to convict; -- said esp. of a jury on trial for giving a false verdict. "Upon sufficient proof attainted of some open act by men of his own condition."
    • Attaint To stain; to obscure; to sully; to disgrace; to cloud with infamy. "For so exceeding shone his glistring ray,
      That Phoebus' golden face it did attaint ."
      "Lest she with blame her honor should attaint ."
    • Attaint (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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • attaint To touch; hit in tilting.
    • attaint To attain; ascertain.
    • attaint To convict (a jury) of having given a false verdict.
    • attaint To affect with attainder; pass judgment on, as on one found guilty of a crime, as felony or treason, involving forfeiture of civil privileges.
    • attaint To accuse: with of: as, to attaint a person of sorcery.
    • attaint To affect with any passion or emotion.
    • attaint To taint; disgrace; cloud with infamy; stain; corrupt.
    • attaint Attainted; convicted.
    • attaint Tainted; corrupted; infected; attacked.
    • n attaint The act of touching or hitting; specifically, in tilting, a hit.
    • n attaint A blow or wound on the leg of a horse caused by overreaching.
    • n attaint An ancient legal process instituted for reversing a false verdict given by a jury; conviction of a jury for giving such a verdict.
    • n attaint In old law: A conviction. Impeachment.
    • n attaint Infection; injurious or deleterious action.
    • n attaint Attainder.
    • n attaint A stain, spot, or taint; hence, a disgrace; an imputation involving dishonor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Attaint to convict: to deprive of rights for being convicted of treason: to accuse of: disgrace, stain (from a fancied connection with taint)
    • Attaint (Shak.) corrupted, tainted
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

The earldom did not return to the Despenser family until 1397, when it was conferred on the great-grandson of the attainted Earl.
"The Well in the Desert" by Emily Sarah Holt
In fact, Le Despenser never was attainted.
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
Others of his following failed not in the "attaint," and horses and troopers floundered in the sand.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
The bill passed, in spite of justice, in spite of the eloquence of the attainted earl.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
He thirsted after Court favour, and wealth, and died attainted and landless.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
One of her songs, "The Attainted Scottish Nobles," had a great influence in restoring them to their former titles.
"Chronicles of Strathearn" by Various
It arose from the fact that many members of the Lower House had been attainted by the late government.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
Under Edward IV his lands are naturally granted to other people and he is attainted.
"Henry the Sixth" by John Blacman
Henry VI being attainted in 1 Edw.
"Commentaries on the Laws of England" by William Blackstone
Hereditaryship is, in this sense, as much an attaint upon principle, as an outrage upon society.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine

In science:

When the nonlinear stage is attaint for V > V∗ , the first effect is produced when the fraction of trapped tra jectories is still small by the quasi-coherent component of ion motion.
Trapping, anomalous transport and quasi-coherent structures in magnetically confined plasmas
It is possible that no finite number of iterations suffices for the system to attaint the attractor (in the same sense that the limit of a sequence cannot be reached by the successive terms of the sequence).
Beyond Chaos
If the lower bound estimate of the spectrum is realized for the initial metric, using the spectral rigidity result , the lower bound estimate will be attainted for the case of basic mean curvature form.
Transverse Killing and twistor spinors associated to the basic Dirac operators