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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 at·taint /əˈtent/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 At·taint v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attainted; p. pr. & vb. n. Attainting.]
 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 attainder.
    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.
 4. To accuse; to charge with a crime or a dishonorable act. [Archaic]
 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 infamy.
 For so exceeding shone his glistring ray,
 That Ph░bus' golden face it did attaint.   --Spenser.
    Lest she with blame her honor should attaint.   --Spenser.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 At·taint, p. p. Attainted; corrupted. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 At·taint, n.
 1. A touch or hit.
 2. Far. A blow or wound on the leg of a horse, made by overreaching.
 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.
 4. A stain or taint; disgrace. See Taint.
 5. An infecting influence. [R.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

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