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Attaint, vb., to taint, disgrace: “a story of faults concealed, wherein I am --ed,” Sonn. 88, 7. “when time with age doth them a.” Pilgr. 344. “stand'st not thou --ed, corrupted, and exempt from ancient gentry?” H6A II, 4, 92. Partic. attaint instead of attainted: “you are a. with faults and perjury,” LLL V, 2, 829.
2) to impair, infect: “my tender youth was never yet a. with any passion of inflaming love,” H6A V, 5, 81 (attaint for attainted). cf. Taint, vb. H6A V, 5, 81
3) to convict of capital treason: “my father was attached, not --ed,” H6A II, 4, 96. “I must offend before I be --ed,” H6B II, 4, 59.
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