- forfeiture of property and loss of civil rights of a person sentenced to death or outlawed
- Obs. dishonor
Origin of attainderMiddle English atteindre from Anglo-French atteinder, infinitive used as noun from Old French ataindre (see attain); sense influenced, influence by Middle English atteinten, attaint
- Under English common law, the state of having lost one's legal and civil personhood, as through losing the legal capacity to own or pass on property.
- Obsolete Dishonor.
Origin of attainderMiddle English atteindre act of attainting from Old French ataindre to convict, affect, attainder ; see attain .
- (law, rare) The state a prisoner enters once a death sentence (usually for treason) had been issued; the state of being stripped of all civil rights.
From Anglo-Norman ataindre, with infinitive used as noun frequent in Law French.