transitive verb-·taint′ed, -·taint′ing
- to punish by attainder
- Archaic to disgrace or dishonor
- Archaic to infect
- Archaic to accuse
- Obs. to prove guilty
Origin of attaintMiddle English atteinten, to convict from Old French ateint, past participle of ataindre (see attain); sense influenced, influence by Anglo-French teinte, taint
- an attainder
- Archaic a taint; disgrace
- Obs. a touch or hit in tilting
transitive verbat·taint·ed, at·taint·ing, at·taints
- To impart a stigma to; disgrace: “No breath of calumny ever attainted the personal purity of Savonarola” ( Henry Hart Milman )
- To pass a sentence of attainder against.
- Archaic To infect or corrupt, as with illness or vice.
- Archaic To accuse.
- A disgrace; a stigma.
- Obsolete Attainder.
Origin of attaintMiddle English attainten from Old French ataint past participle of ataindre to affect ; see attain .
(comparative more attaint, superlative most attaint)
- (obsolete) Convicted, attainted.
- (obsolete) Attainted; corrupted.
(third-person singular simple present attaints, present participle attainting, simple past and past participle attainted)
From Old French ateint, past participle of ateindre.