- a fixed or firm belief: No clever argument, no persuasive fact or theory could make a dent in his conviction in the rightness of his position.
- the act of convicting someone, as in a court of law; a declaration that a person is guilty of an offense.
- the state of being convicted.
- the act of convincing a person by argument or evidence.
- the state of being convinced.
Origin of conviction
Examples from the Web for convictions
His decision to stick to his convictions on Thursday is no doubt positive news for them.Presidential Hopeful Rand Paul Backs Obama on Cuba Deal
December 18, 2014
You have to admire his convictions; most frustrated auteurs in this town just call such things “an Alan Smithee project.”Sony Hack: A Dictator Move?
December 14, 2014
Sakurai, the leader, has an arrest record but no convictions.For Top Pols In Japan Crime Doesn’t Pay, But Hate Crime Does
Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo
September 26, 2014
And though as on that day in 1960, the students marching through Nashville this weekend were silent, their convictions are loud.Why We’ll Always Need a Civil Rights Movement
July 15, 2014
But despite these efforts, the court has only completed 18 trials in the past four years, with just a handful of convictions.Liberia’s Child Prostitutes
May 19, 2014
Such have been, and are, my convictions, and upon them I shall act.
It was all in vain, he confesses; he could not alter the convictions of the Empress.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
It is wise, and may be useful, on all proper occasions, to avow our convictions.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
But if I had Beaufort Court, my convictions would be all the other way.Night and Morning, Complete
I've always said that the Tories have the courage of the Liberals' convictions!Changing Winds</p>
St. John G. Ervine
- the state or appearance of being convinced
- a fixed or firmly held belief, opinion, etc
- the act of convincing
- the act or an instance of convicting or the state of being convicted
- carry conviction to be convincing
Word Origin and History for convictions
"those ideas which one believes to be true," 1883, plural of conviction.
mid-15c., "the proving of guilt," from Late Latin convictionem (nominative convictio) "proof, refutation," noun of action from past participle stem of convincere (see convince). Meaning "mental state of being convinced" is from 1690s; that of "firm belief, a belief held as proven" is from 1841.