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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.