[ verb, adjective kuhn-vikt; noun kon-vikt ]
/ verb, adjective kənˈvɪkt; noun ˈkɒn vɪkt /
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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.



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Origin of convict

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English verb convicten, from Latin convictus, past participle of convincere, equivalent to con- “with, together” + vic-, variant stem of vincere “to overcome” + -tus past participle suffix; Middle English noun convict “(a) convict,” adjective convict “convicted,” past participle of convicten “to convince” (or directly from Latin ); see con-, convince


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British Dictionary definitions for convict


verb (kənˈvɪkt) (tr)

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 of convict

convictable or convictible, adjective

Word Origin for convict

C14: from Latin convictus convicted of crime, from convincere to prove guilty, convince
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