- 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
Examples from the Web for convicting
Even so, at least one juror apparently balked at convicting a man for violating wildlife protection laws by protecting wildlife.He Faces Jail for Rescuing Baby Eagles
November 2, 2014
If the government succeeds in convicting Manning under this Act, an appeal raising First Amendment issues is almost guaranteed.Is Obama Worse For Press Freedom Than Nixon?
James C. Goodale
May 14, 2013
The application of the parable followed with convicting promptness.Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
No difficulty was found in convicting the sellers of Paine's works, and the like.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)
Augustus De Morgan
Surely the State is not desirous of convicting its citizens of crime.Facts And Fictions Of Life
Helen H. Gardener
Accused by Timarchus, retorted by convicting him of immorality.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4
Lucian of Samosata
It does not aim at convicting a hostile disbelief, but at succouring a distressed faith.Lux Mundi
- to pronounce (someone) guilty of an offence
- a person found guilty of an offence against the law, esp one who is sentenced to imprisonment
- a person serving a prison sentence
- obsolete convicted
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.