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convict

[verb, adjective kuh n-vikt; noun kon-vikt] /verb, adjective kənˈvɪkt; noun ˈkɒn vɪkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to prove or declare guilty of an offense, especially after a legal trial:
to convict a prisoner of a felony.
2.
to impress with a sense of guilt.
noun
3.
a person proved or declared guilty of an offense.
4.
a person serving a prison sentence.
adjective
5.
Archaic. convicted.
Origin of convict
1350-1400
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English convicten < Latin convictus past participle of convincere, equivalent to con- con- + vic- variant stem of vincere to overcome + -tus past participle suffix (see convince); (noun, adj.) Middle English convict, past participle of convicten (or directly < L)
Related forms
convictable, convictible, adjective
convictive, adjective
convictively, adverb
half-convicted, adjective
preconvict, verb (used with object)
reconvict, verb (used with object)
self-convicted, adjective
unconvicted, adjective
unconvicting, adjective
unconvictive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for convict
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  • 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 Anthony Hope
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for convict

convict

verb (transitive) (kənˈvɪkt)
1.
to pronounce (someone) guilty of an offence
noun (ˈkɒnvɪkt)
2.
a person found guilty of an offence against the law, esp one who is sentenced to imprisonment
3.
a person serving a prison sentence
adjective (kənˈvɪkt)
4.
(obsolete) convicted
Derived Forms
convictable, convictible, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin convictus convicted of crime, from convincere to prove guilty, convince
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Word Origin and History for convict
v.

mid-14c., from Latin convictus, past participle of convincere "to 'overcome' in argument" (see convince). Replaced Old English verb oferstælan. Related: Convicted; convicting.

n.

late 15c., from convict (v). Slang shortening con is from 1893.

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Slang definitions & phrases for convict

convict

noun

  1. A zebra (1940s+ Circus) cooch
  2. Any sexually suggestive or imitative dance, esp a striptease dance; the HOOTCHIE-COOTCHIE (1920s+)
  3. The female crotch; vulva (1950s+)

modifier

: an old-time circus cooch show

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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