convict

adjective
con·vict | \kən-ˈvikt \

Definition of convict 

(Entry 1 of 3)

archaic

: having been convicted

convict

verb
con·vict | \kən-ˈvikt \
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 \

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

condemn

Synonyms: Noun

con, jailbird

Antonyms: Verb

absolve, acquit, clear, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate

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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

Each alleged participant in the conspiracy faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison, as well as a fine of $10 million, if convicted. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Alleged leader of Lawrence fentanyl trafficking ring charged in death of user," 14 July 2018 The two were in London visiting Sharif's ailing wife when a Pakistani court convicted them of corruption. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, chicagotribune.com, "74 dead in election violence in Pakistan," 13 July 2018 The charging document alleges that Jones was previously convicted of making criminal threats, in 2017. CBS News, "Woman charged with attempted murder in beating of man, 92, with brick," 13 July 2018 He's been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, if Morrison is convicted. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "They went to see ‘The First Purge.’ He stabbed a man over a reserved seat, Texas cops say," 12 July 2018 The charging document alleges that Jones was previously convicted of making criminal threats in 2017, in an unrelated case. Brittny Mejia, latimes.com, "Woman accused of attacking 91-year-old is charged with attempted murder," 12 July 2018 Indictments only represent one side in a criminal case and the defendants are presumed innocent unless convicted. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky coal mine officials charged with cheating on key safety tests," 11 July 2018 If convicted Jones could be sentenced to up to one year in jail and fined up to $2,000. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Food worker at Kauffman Stadium charged with sexual abuse of teenage colleague," 11 July 2018 Privacy - Terms If convicted, Kinner could spend the rest of his life in prison or grapple with the possibility of the death penalty. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Will prosecutors seek death penalty for man accused of stabbing toddler? That depends.," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Faid, a serial robber and murder convict, hasn’t been seen since leaving the prison near Paris. Alex Turnbull, The Seattle Times, "Escaped French criminal had small team of loyal accomplices," 3 July 2018 The facility, which opens June 22, also will house youth farming programs, job training for veterans and former convicts, and apprenticeships for aspiring urban farmers. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Farm on Ogden aims to bring fresh produce and jobs to troubled North Lawndale," 12 June 2018 President Donald Trump and his son-in-law scored a legislative victory Tuesday after the House overwhelmingly approved a prison reform bill that aims to help ex-convicts rebuild their lives after their release from prison. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Trump, Kushner get win as prison reform bill passes House in overwhelming vote," 23 May 2018 The two writers took the long way home, stopping to talk with conjurers, tramps, convicts, and backwoods preachers all over the South. Casey N. Cep, The New Yorker, "Zora Neale Hurston’s Story of a Former Slave Finally Comes to Print," 7 May 2018 The names are just the latest in a series Blankenship, a convict and former coal-mining executive, has used while campaigning ahead of the primary next week. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Don Blankenship targets Mitch McConnell's 'China family' in new ad ahead of Senate election," 3 May 2018 During the sentencing hearing, parent Randall Margraves asked the judge to give him five minutes alone with Nassar and then lunged at the cowering convict, only to be wrestled to the ground by deputies. NBC News, "Shaheen, Ernst call for Senate to investigate Larry Nassar case," 7 Feb. 2018 There have been scattered reports of firms hiring more ex-convicts. The Economist, "Worker shortages could heal America’s economy," 12 July 2018 Amazon must pay real costs (and taxes) now!’’ Trump also criticized California Gov. Jerry Brown, D, for pardoning five ex-convicts facing deportation. Philip Rucker, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump escalates attack on Amazon, accuses company of ‘Post Office scam’," 31 Mar. 2018

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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

Adjective

see convict entry 2

Verb

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

Noun

see convict entry 2

Transitive verb

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

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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 \
convicted; convicting

Kids Definition of convict

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to prove or find guilty

convict

noun
con·vict | \ˈkän-ˌvikt \

Kids Definition of convict (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person serving a prison sentence

convict

transitive verb
con·vict | \kən-ˈvikt \

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 \

Legal Definition of convict (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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