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The forfeiture of land and civil rights suffered as a consequence of a sentence of death for treason or felony:‘the attainder of the fourth Duke of Norfolk’[mass noun] ‘Robert's loyalty to Margaret of Anjou led to attainder and forfeiture’
confiscation, sequestration, loss, losing, denialView synonyms
- ‘If I remember rightly, this Act abolished attainder in New South Wales.’
- ‘Such attacks normally took one of two forms, either that of prosecutions and fines at law for misfeasance, or the more drastic resort of attainder and forfeiture.’
- ‘He had a son, the Earl of Warwick, who didn't inherit the dukedom because of the attainder, and was himself later found guilty of treason and executed under Henry VII.’
- ‘They limited punishment to the person charged, and abjured the attainder of the traitor's relatives or heirs.’
- ‘Edward IV and Henry VII restored their authority by attainders and forfeitures coupled to the rigorous exploitation of the king's feudal rights.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, variant (used as a noun) of Old French ateindre in the sense ‘convict, bring to justice’(see attain).
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