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Meaning of corruption of blood

corrup'tion of blood'

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— Eng. Law. Eng. Law.
  1. the impurity before law that results from attainder and disqualifies the attainted person from inheriting, retaining, or bequeathing lands or interests in lands: abolished in 1870.
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