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.]
2. (Old Law) To find guilty; to convict; -- said esp. of a
jury on trial for giving a false verdict. [Obs.]
Upon sufficient proof attainted of some open act by
men of his own condition. --Blackstone.
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
No person shall be attainted of high treason where
corruption of blood is incurred, but by the oath of
two witnesses. --Stat. 7 & 8
4. To accuse; to charge with a crime or a dishonorable act.
5. To affect or infect, as with physical or mental disease or
with moral contagion; to taint or corrupt.
My tender youth was never yet attaint
With any passion of inflaming love. --Shak.
6. To stain; to obscure; to sully; to disgrace; to cloud with
For so exceeding shone his glistring ray,
That Ph?bus' golden face it did attaint. --Spenser.
Lest she with blame her honor should attaint.