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convict

[verb, adjective kuh n-vikt; noun kon-vikt]
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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
  1. a person proved or declared guilty of an offense.
  2. a person serving a prison sentence.
adjective
  1. 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 formscon·vict·a·ble, con·vict·i·ble, adjectivecon·vic·tive, adjectivecon·vic·tive·ly, adverbhalf-con·vict·ed, adjectivepre·con·vict, verb (used with object)re·con·vict, verb (used with object)self-con·vict·ed, adjectiveun·con·vict·ed, adjectiveun·con·vict·ing, adjectiveun·con·vic·tive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for convicted

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • She had been convicted of blackmail, and she made no pretense even of innocence.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • You were arrested in Buffalo, convicted, and served your stretch.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The canon gave the sigh he reserved for the convicted sinner.

    People of Position

    Stanley Portal Hyatt

  • He said no one had been convicted, "the Caste had seen to that."

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • Out of your own mouth, Socrates, you are convicted, he said.


British Dictionary definitions for convicted

convict

verb (kənˈvɪkt) (tr)
  1. to pronounce (someone) guilty of an offence
noun (ˈkɒnvɪkt)
  1. a person found guilty of an offence against the law, esp one who is sentenced to imprisonment
  2. a person serving a prison sentence
adjective (kənˈvɪkt)
  1. obsolete convicted
Derived Formsconvictable or 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 convicted

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.

convict

n.

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

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