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[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.
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  1. a person proved or declared guilty of an offense.
  2. a person serving a prison sentence.
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  1. Archaic. convicted.
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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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Related Words for convicted

imprison, condemn, sentence, frame, adjudge, attaint, rap, doom

Examples from the Web for convicted

Contemporary Examples of convicted

Historical Examples of convicted

  • 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


verb (kənˈvɪkt) (tr)
  1. to pronounce (someone) guilty of an offence
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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
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adjective (kənˈvɪkt)
  1. obsolete convicted
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Derived Formsconvictable or convictible, adjective

Word Origin for convict

C14: from Latin convictus convicted of crime, from convincere to prove guilty, convince
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Word Origin and History for convicted



mid-14c., from Latin convictus, past participle of convincere "to 'overcome' in argument" (see convince). Replaced Old English verb oferstælan. Related: Convicted; convicting.

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

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