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From Old French ateint, past participle of ateindre.



attaint (comparative more attaint, superlative most attaint)

  1. (obsolete) Convicted, attainted.
  2. (obsolete) Attainted; corrupted.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)


attaint (third-person singular simple present attaints, present participle attainting, simple past and past participle attainted)

  1. (archaic) To subject to attainder; to condemn (someone) to death and extinction of all civil rights.
  2. (archaic) To subject to calumny; to accuse of a crime or dishonour.
  3. (now rare) To taint; to corrupt, sully.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.i:
      Amoret right fearefull was and faint, / Lest she with blame her honor should attaint [...].


attaint (plural attaints)

  1. (archaic) A blow or strike, especially in jousting.
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 484:
      At the moment of impact, the king's eyes are open, his body braced for the atteint; he takes the blow perfectly, its force absorbed by a body securely armoured, moving in the right direction, maving at the right speed.
  2. A wound on the leg of a horse caused by a blow
  3. (obsolete, law) The giving of a false verdict by a jury; the conviction of such a jury, and the reversal of the verdict