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 If convicted of the charges, Seats would face roughly 100 years behind bars. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Suspect suddenly backs out of plea deal in murder of Indianapolis doctor," 13 Feb. 2020 In 2000, Foose was convicted and jailed for molesting an underage relative. USA Today, "‘The tongue is a fire’: Southern Baptist church fractures over secrets and spiritual abuse," 13 Feb. 2020 Romney voted to convict Trump of abuse of power but not obstruction of Congress. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Democrat Baldwin says Senate acquittal is putting Trump 'above the law'," 5 Feb. 2020 If convicted, Alfaro faces up to 20 years in prison, three years’ supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Prosecutor: Alfaro spent investor cash on Lamborghini, Spurs tickets," 3 Feb. 2020 The less powerful officials in the affair were convicted and sentenced to prison time. Andrea Bernstein, The New York Review of Books, "Corruption with No Consequences, from Bridgegate to Impeachment," 31 Jan. 2020 Ra was convicted on assault and felony firearm charges, with the latter carrying a mandatory two-year minimum sentence. Essence, "Detroit Organizer Forced To Give Birth While Shackled In Prison Reaches Deal With Prosecutors," 31 Jan. 2020 In late September, the state House Judiciary Committee advanced a separate bill to impose mandatory minimum sentences on people convicted of crimes committed with firearms. Alex Yablon, The New Republic, "Larry Krasner’s Lonely, Radical Crusade to Solve America’s Gun Problem," 28 Jan. 2020 Joe Exotic was convicted of killing five tigers, shooting them in the head to make room for other cats. Steve Winter, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 24 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lawyers, activists and a few former convicts with murder on their rap sheets urged Alameda County officials Thursday to abandon efforts to rebuild a juvenile detention camp. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "Protesters urge Alameda County to abandon effort to expand juvenile camp," 13 Feb. 2020 Echoing the views of many law enforcement officials, Mr. Phillips backed ending early releases of any kind for terrorist convicts. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "London Stabbing Prompts Questions on Policies for Terrorism Convictions," 3 Feb. 2020 The coalition helped pass legislation in Florida to allow 1.4 million former convicts to vote. James Brown, CBS News, "Former NFL star Anquan Boldin hopes to inspire change with Super Bowl PSA," 30 Jan. 2020 House impeachment managers on Wednesday began laying out their case against President Trump, outlining why senators should move to convict and remove him from office. TheWeek, "Adam Schiff: House managers 'can and will prove' Trump is guilty of abusing power and obstructing Congress," 23 Jan. 2020 In this book, Burke’s iconic detective Dave Robicheaux investigates a serial killer while a movie company films in the area and an escaped convict lurks in the bayou. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best mysteries of 2019: Carole E. Barrowman's picks include Laura Lippman, Attica Locke, Miriam Toews," 13 Dec. 2019 The organization works to help former convicts find housing and jobs. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "3 new Oregon winemakers command attention, face a bright future," 7 Dec. 2019 According to the nonprofit Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, at least 22 states and the District of Columbia mandate that young convicts receive a chance for parole, regardless of their crime. Author: John Woodrow Cox, Anchorage Daily News, "Underage killers test limits of justice system," 25 Nov. 2019 Under Hong Kong regulations, convicts in prison for more than one month can have their sentences reduced as a reward for good behavior after a minimum of 31 days. Youyou Zhou, Quartz, "Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong has been released from prison," 16 June 2019

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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 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for convict

convict

verb
How to pronounce convict (audio)

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
How to pronounce convict (audio)

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
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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