attainder

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From Anglo-Norman ataindre, with infinitive used as noun frequent in Law French.

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attainder (plural attainders)

  1. (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.
    • 1930, Norman Lindsay, Redheap, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1965, page 139:
      Grandpa Piper led thereto by the arm [...] and himself thrust into a chair, to support the character of dummy to Henry's prearranged attainder.
  2. (obsolete) A stain; a state of dishonour or condemnation.

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