convict

adjective
con·​vict | \ kən-ˈvikt How to pronounce convict (audio) \

Definition of convict

 (Entry 1 of 3)

archaic
: having been convicted

convict

verb
con·​vict | \ kən-ˈvikt How to pronounce convict (audio) \
convicted; convicting; convicts

Definition of convict (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to find or prove to be guilty The jury convicted them of fraud.
2 : to convince of error or sinfulness

intransitive verb

: to find a defendant guilty Remarkably, two of the jurors boldly dug in their heels and pressed to convict.— John Grisham

convict

noun
con·​vict | \ ˈkän-ˌvikt How to pronounce convict (audio) \

Definition of convict (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a person convicted of and under sentence for a crime
2 : a person serving a usually long prison sentence

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Synonyms & Antonyms for convict

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of convict in a Sentence

Verb There is sufficient evidence to convict. He was convicted in federal court. The jury convicted them on three counts of fraud. Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Noun a warning that the three escaped convicts were armed and dangerous
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The smart money is that Romney votes to convict a second time. Kevin Mahnken, The New Republic, "Mitt Romney’s Party of One," 12 Feb. 2021 This means at least 17 Republican senators would have to vote with Senate Democrats to convict. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Impeachment Trial May Hinge on Meaning of ‘Incitement’," 10 Feb. 2021 Despite the long odds that the U.S. Senate will convict Trump with a two-thirds majority, Raskin insists he is not deterred. John Parkinson, ABC News, "After suffering personal tragedy, Rep. Raskin steps up to lead prosecution of Trump," 9 Feb. 2021 Others, though, are emphasizing the gravity of the situation, urging that if the Senate does not convict, then there should be criminal proceedings brought against Trump. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "What riot? Amnesia sets in among Republicans in Washington," 30 Jan. 2021 Schumer's comments about Trump's foregone status as an officeholder allude to a question percolating among many Republicans: Can the Senate convict a former president on impeachment articles? Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Schumer: John Roberts turned down chance to preside over second Trump impeachment trial," 25 Jan. 2021 There is debate about whether the Constitution allows for Congress to impeach and convict someone who has left office. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Dianne Feinstein defends GOP senators’ right to object to election results," 19 Jan. 2021 But he's been careful not to tell Congress whether to impeach or convict. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Joe Biden ran on bringing back normalcy. With COVID, riots and a looming impeachment trial, that task just got tougher," 18 Jan. 2021 Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Friday the evidence wasn’t solid enough to arrest the general, much less convict him in a Mexican court. José De Córdoba, WSJ, "Mexico Accuses U.S. of Fabricating Drug-Trafficking Charges Against General," 15 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wallace connects the story of the building's construction to broader topics, including convict labor, mass incarceration, the policing of Black communities, and the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Sarah Enelow-snyder, Travel + Leisure, "Black History Tours Are Finding a Broader Audience," 22 Jan. 2021 The other convict, Dustin Higgs, was scheduled to be executed Friday night following the court’s ruling, Reuters reported. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Corey Johnson, Virginia killer of 7, executed after SCOTUS coronavirus ruling," 15 Jan. 2021 On Tuesday morning, thanks in part to the work of the Last Prisoner Project, the country's longest-serving nonviolent marijuana convict walked out of the South Bay Correctional Facility in Florida after spending 32 years behind bars. Robin Abcarian, Star Tribune, "Here's one thing that brings Americans together," 10 Dec. 2020 An ex-convict hired by the District of Columbia to help curb violence has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing a man three years ago. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Ex-con hired by DC attorney general's office to help curb violence arrested, charged in 2017 killing," 10 Dec. 2020 In season one, recently released convict Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) falls in with the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) as his bodyguard after losing his wife, Laura (Emily Browning). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Shadow Moon tries to escape his demigod destiny in American Gods S3 trailer," 4 Dec. 2020 An ex-convict with bipolar disorder tries to reunite with her daughter and grandfather in this drama. Los Angeles Times, "Yes, Virginia, there are movies this holiday season. Here’s where to find them," 19 Nov. 2020 In Houston’s Sugar Land suburb, historians recently fought to protect the graves of prisoners forced to work on 20th-century plantations in a convict-leasing system. Popular Science, "In Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley,’ a Black community battles an industry that threatens its health—and history," 17 Nov. 2020 Coal baron and ex-convict Don Blankenship may be helping Joe Biden’s electoral prospects in the key battleground state of Nevada. Will Wade, Bloomberg.com, "Coal Baron Don Blankenship May Boost Biden’s Prospects in Nevada," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of convict

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for convict

Verb, Adjective, and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French convicter, from Latin convictus, past participle of convincere to refute, convict

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“Convict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convict. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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More Definitions for convict

convict

verb

English Language Learners Definition of convict

 (Entry 1 of 2)

law : to prove that someone is guilty of a crime in a court of law

convict

noun

English Language Learners Definition of convict (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who has been found guilty of a crime and sent to prison

convict

verb
con·​vict | \ kən-ˈvikt How to pronounce convict (audio) \
convicted; convicting

Kids Definition of convict

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to prove or find guilty

convict

noun
con·​vict | \ ˈkän-ˌvikt How to pronounce convict (audio) \

Kids Definition of convict (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person serving a prison sentence

convict

transitive verb
con·​vict | \ kən-ˈvikt How to pronounce convict (audio) \

Legal Definition of convict

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to find guilty of a criminal offense was convicted of fraud — compare acquit

convict

noun
con·​vict | \ ˈkän-ˌvikt How to pronounce convict (audio) \

Legal Definition of convict (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person convicted of and serving a sentence for a crime

History and Etymology for convict

Transitive verb

Latin convictus past participle of convincere to find guilty, prove, from com- with, together + vincer to conquer

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