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.
Origin of convict
1350–1400; (v.) Middle Englishconvicten < Latinconvictus past participle of convincere, equivalent to con-con- + vic- variant stem of vincere to overcome + -tus past participle suffix (see convince); (noun, adj.) Middle Englishconvict, 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