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[verb, adjective kuh n-vikt; noun kon-vikt] /verb, adjective kənˈvɪkt; noun ˈkɒn vɪkt/
verb (used with object)
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
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 Unabridged
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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.


    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


verb (transitive) (kənˈvɪkt)
to pronounce (someone) guilty of an offence
noun (ˈkɒnvɪkt)
a person found guilty of an offence against the law, esp one who is sentenced to imprisonment
a person serving a prison sentence
adjective (kənˈvɪkt)
(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

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for convict



  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+)


: 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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