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Attaint (noun)

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Atta'int. n.s. [from the verb.]

  1. Any thing injurious, as illness, weariness. This sense is now obsolete.

    Nor doth he dedicate one jot of colour
    Unto the weary and all-watched night;
    But freshly looks, and overbears attaint
    With chearful semblance.
    Shakesp. Henry V.

  2. Stain; spot; taint.

    No man hath a virtue that he has not a glimpse of; nor any man an attaint, but he carries some stain of it. Shakesp. Troilus and Cressida.

  3. In horsemanship. A blow or wound on the hinder feet of a horse. Farrier's Dict.

Sources: Shakespeare's Henry V (66) · Philippos, N. B. (9) · Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida (36)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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