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Definitions of attainder

  1. cancellation of civil rights Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A stain or staining; state of being in dishonor or condemnation. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The depriving of civil and legal rights of persons under sentence of death for treason or felony. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Act of attainting: (law) loss of civil rights through conviction for high treason. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. The act of attainting in law. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. A sentence of confiscation and outlawry against a person, as for treason; forbidden by the Constitution of the United States. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. The act of attainting; the state of being attainted; deprivation of all civil rights and of the power to inherit or transmit property, consequent on a sentence of death or outlawry for treason or felony. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. That which renders impure: the loss of civil rights and whole estate for the crime of treason or other capital offence by a judicial sentence, is called an act of attainder. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. That extinction of civil rights and capacities which takes place whenever a person who has committed treason or felony receives sentence of death for his crime. 1 Steph. Comm. 408; 1 Bish. Crim. Law, thelawdictionary.org
  11. English criminal law. Attinctura, the stain or corruption of blood which arises from being condemned for any crime. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  12. Attainder by confession, is either by pleading guilty at the bar before the judges, and not putting one's self on one's trial by a jury; or before the coroner in sanctuary, when in ancient times, the offender was obliged to abjure the realm. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  13. Attainder by verdict, is when the prisoner at the bar pleads not guilty to the indictment, and is pronounced guilty by the verdict of the jury. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  14. Attainder by process or outlawry, is when the party flies, and is subsequently outlawed. Co. Lit. 391. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  15. Bill of attainder, is a bill brought into parliament for attainting persons condemned for high treason. By the constitution of the United States, art. 1, sect. 9, 3, it is provided that no bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  16. at-t[=a]n'd[.e]r, 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-[)e]re. See ATTAIN.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Consequences of sentence of death or outlawry (forfeiture of estate, corruption of blood, extinction of civil rights). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. During the Revolution bills of attainder were frequently passed by State Legislatures, and were productive of much evil. Accordingly, the Constitution provided that neither Congress nor the State Legislatures should thereafter pass any such acts. Dictionary of United States history
  19. [Fr.] The status of a criminal condemned to death ; corruption of blood. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  20. n. [French] The forfeiture which follows on being condemned; –the act of attainting for treason. Cabinet Dictionary
  21. The act of attaining in law; taint. Complete Dictionary

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