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Attainder

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Atta'inder. n.s. [from to attaint.]

  1. The act of attainting in law; conviction of a crime. See To Attaint.

    The ends in calling a parliament were chiefly to have the attainders of all of his party reversed; and, on the other side, to attaint by parliament his enemies. Bacon's Henry VII.

  2. Taint.

    So smooth he daub'd his vice with shew of virtue,
    He liv'd from all attainder of suspect.
    Shakesp. Richard III.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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