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.
Forfeiture of property and loss of civil rights of a person sentenced to death or outlawed.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
In common law, the automatic elimination of one’s civil rights and liberties when sentenced to death or declared an outlaw for committing a felony or treason. See also civil death and bill of attainder.
Webster's New World Law
(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.
Middle English atteindreact of attaintingfrom Old French ataindreto convict, affect, attainderattain
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Anglo-Normanataindre, with infinitive used as noun frequent in Law French.
Attainder Sentence Examples
Thus three of the rebel lords were pardoned after impeachment and attainder in 1715.
He was not released until the accession of Mary, parliament restoring his dukedom on his petition for reversal of the attainder.
In 1683 he appeared at the Old Bailey as a witness in defence of Lord Russell, and in June 1685 he protested alone against the revision of Stafford's attainder.
In the political troubles which preceded the outbreak of the Civil War, Hopton, as member of parliament successively for Bath, Somerset and Wells, at first opposed the royal policy, but after Strafford's attainder (for which he voted) he gradually became an ardent supporter of Charles, and at the beginning of the Great Rebellion he was made lieutenant-general under the marquess of Hertford in the west.
At the commencement of the following reign his attainder was reversed and his brother Henry restored to the earldom; and Henry being appointed guardian to the young king Edward III., assisted him to throw off the yoke of Mortimer.