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attaintto pass judgment of death or outlawry upon a person; see ATTAINDER.
ATTAINT, English law. 1. Atinctus, attainted, stained, or blackened. 2. A
writ which lies to inquire whether a jury of twelve men gave a false
verdict. Bract. lib. 4, tr. 1, c. 134; Fleta, lib. 5, c. 22, Sec. 8.
2. It was a trial by jury of twenty-four men empanelled to try the goodness, of a former verdict. 3 Bl. Com. 351; 3 Gilb. Ev. by Lofft, 1146. See Assize.