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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 convicting
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  • How could we answer them without at once convicting ourselves?

    In Hostile Red Joseph Altsheler
  • No difficulty was found in convicting the sellers of Paine's works, and the like.

  • I shall use no evidence which I become in possession of as an agent of this Company for the purpose of convicting liquor sellers.

  • Surely the State is not desirous of convicting its citizens of crime.

    Facts And Fictions Of Life Helen H. Gardener
  • His offense was construed as blasphemy under an old Scotch statute, which was strained for the purpose of convicting him.

    Library Notes A. P. Russell
  • I believe in indicting them, trying them, and convicting them.

  • Mesh by mesh, like an enthralling net, all the different threads of convicting circumstances were drawn about the accused man.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • If whatever I do is wrong, then you're only convicting yourself; you're not convicting me.

    First Plays A. A. Milne
British Dictionary definitions for convicting


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for convicting



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.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for convicting



  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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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