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əˈteɪn dərat·tain·der

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. attainder, civil death(noun)

    cancellation of civil rights


  1. attainder(Noun)

    The state a prisoner enters once a death sentence (usually for treason) had been issued; the state of being stripped of all civil rights.

  2. Origin: From ataindre, with infinitive used as noun frequent in Law French.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attainder(noun)

    the act of attainting, or the state of being attainted; the extinction of the civil rights and capacities of a person, consequent upon sentence of death or outlawry; as, an act of attainder

  2. Attainder(noun)

    a stain or staining; state of being in dishonor or condemnation

  3. Origin: [OF. ataindre, ateindre, to accuse, convict. Attainder is often erroneously referred to F. teindre tie stain. See Attaint, Attain.]


  1. Attainder

    In English criminal law, attainder or attinctura was the metaphorical "stain" or "corruption of blood" which arose from being condemned for a serious capital crime. It entailed losing not only one's property and hereditary titles, but typically also the right to pass them on to one's heirs. Both men and women condemned of capital crimes could be attainted. Attainder by confession resulted from a guilty plea at the bar before judges or before the coroner in sanctuary. Attainder by verdict resulted from conviction by a jury. Attainder by process resulted from a legislative act outlawing a fugitive. The latter form is obsolete in England, and the other forms have been abolished.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Attainder

    at-tān′dėr, n. act of attainting: (law) loss of civil rights through conviction for high-treason.—v.t. Attaint′, to convict: to deprive of rights for being convicted of treason: to accuse of: disgrace, stain (from a fancied connection with taint).—n. (arch.) the act of touching, a hit (in tilting): (Shak.) infection: attainder: a stain, disgrace.—Older pa.p. Attaint′—(Shak.) corrupted, tainted.—ns. Attaint′ment, Attaint′ure, state of being attainted. [O. Fr. ataindre—L. atting-ĕre. See Attain.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attainder in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attainder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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