- to prove or declare guilty of an offense, especially after a legal trial: to convict a prisoner of a felony.
- to impress with a sense of guilt.
- a person proved or declared guilty of an offense.
- a person serving a prison sentence.
- Archaic. convicted.
Origin of convict
Examples from the Web for convict
As in most prisons, the “trusty” was a convict the warden trusted and thus had special privileges.The Tragic History of Southern Food
November 12, 2014
And revolutionary courts often convict and sentence journalists to prison on these baseless charges.Forget About a Kindler Gentler Iran
August 19, 2014
The jury decided that the case was not strong enough to convict.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab
July 27, 2014
He had traded his convict uniform for civilian attire, though he still had on prison-issue footwear.Why NYPD Couldn’t Cook The ‘Cannibal Cop’
July 2, 2014
Moonen was not subsequently charged, as investigators could not find sufficient evidence to convict him, according to CNN.Blackwater: Murder Threats Were Just The Start
June 30, 2014
If they could convict Lesurques upon such evidence, why not also convict Guesno on it?
"If you were a convict in the prison of Strelsau, you would be my King," she said.The Prisoner of Zenda
He describes the scene as if the choice had rested with the magistrates to convict him or to let him go.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
To expect to convict him after all these years was ridiculous, and it was not likely that he would confess.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
From that time forward Auguste was anxious that the "convict" should be arrested.The Fat and the Thin
- to pronounce (someone) guilty of an offence
- a person found guilty of an offence against the law, esp one who is sentenced to imprisonment
- a person serving a prison sentence
- obsolete convicted
Word Origin and History for convict
mid-14c., from Latin convictus, past participle of convincere "to 'overcome' in argument" (see convince). Replaced Old English verb oferstælan. Related: Convicted; convicting.
late 15c., from convict (v). Slang shortening con is from 1893.