attainder (plural attainders)

  1. (legal, rare) 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. (obsolete) A stain; a state of dishonour or condemnation.
    • 1593, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Richard the Third, III. v. 32:
      He lived from all attainder of suspects.
Related terms Translations
  • Spanish: muerte civil, deshonra (obsolete)

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