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 for attaint
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Attaint \At*taint"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attainted; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Attainting.] [OE. atteynten to convict, fr. atteynt,
     OF. ateint, p. p. of ateindre, ataindre. The meanings 3, 4,
     5, and 6 were influenced by a supposed connection with taint.
     See Attain, Attainder.]
     1. To attain; to get act; to hit. [Obs.]
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     2. (Old Law) To find guilty; to convict; -- said esp. of a
        jury on trial for giving a false verdict. [Obs.]
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              Upon sufficient proof attainted of some open act by
              men of his own condition.             --Blackstone.
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     3. (Law) To subject (a person) to the legal condition
        formerly resulting from a sentence of death or outlawry,
        pronounced in respect of treason or felony; to affect by
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              No person shall be attainted of high treason where
              corruption of blood is incurred, but by the oath of
              two witnesses.                        --Stat. 7 & 8
                                                    Wm. III.
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     4. To accuse; to charge with a crime or a dishonorable act.
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     5. To affect or infect, as with physical or mental disease or
        with moral contagion; to taint or corrupt.
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              My tender youth was never yet attaint
              With any passion of inflaming love.   --Shak.
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     6. To stain; to obscure; to sully; to disgrace; to cloud with
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              For so exceeding shone his glistring ray,
              That Ph?bus' golden face it did attaint. --Spenser.
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              Lest she with blame her honor should attaint.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Attaint \At*taint"\, p. p.
     Attainted; corrupted. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Attaint \At*taint"\, n. [OF. attainte. See Attaint, v.]
     1. A touch or hit. --Sir W. Scott.
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     2. (Far.) A blow or wound on the leg of a horse, made by
        overreaching. --White.
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     3. (Law) A writ which lies after judgment, to inquire whether
        a jury has given a false verdict in any court of record;
        also, the convicting of the jury so tried. --Bouvier.
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     4. A stain or taint; disgrace. See Taint. --Shak.
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     5. An infecting influence. [R.] --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: bring shame or dishonor upon; "he dishonored his family by
           committing a serious crime" [syn: dishonor, disgrace,
           dishonour, attaint, shame] [ant: honor, honour,
      2: condemn by attainder; "the man was attainted"

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ATTAINT, English law. 1. Atinctus, attainted, stained, or blackened. 2. A
  writ which lies to inquire whether a jury of twelve men gave a false
  verdict. Bract. lib. 4, tr. 1, c. 134; Fleta, lib. 5, c. 22, Sec. 8.
       2. It was a trial by jury of twenty-four men empanelled to try the
  goodness, of a former verdict. 3 Bl. Com. 351; 3 Gilb. Ev. by Lofft, 1146.
  See Assize.

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