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

If convicted of third-degree murder, Noor could face a maximum of 25 years in prison, though the presumptive sentence is 12 ½ years. Fox News, "Officer who fatally shot Justine Damond charged with murder, turns himself in," 2 Oct. 2018 If convicted, Kohrt could face up to more than a dozen years behind bars and $36,000 in fines. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Genesee Lake School employee caught in sex act in female colleague's classroom, complaint says," 13 July 2018 If convicted of aggravated rape, Losano could face a sentence of life in prison. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Swampscott man charged with raping five women at gunpoint," 12 July 2018 If convicted of the charges, the athlete faces a possible maximum life sentence in prison. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Super Bowl Champ Brandon Browner Charged with Attempting to Murder Ex While Her Kids Were Home," 12 July 2018 Each faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Trio accused of vandalism at missions face federal charge," 11 July 2018 Sommers could face at least 10 years in prison if convicted. Michael Boren, Philly.com, "Bucks man indicted for smuggling turtles," 10 July 2018 If convicted, Crosland faces penalties of up to six months in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Idaho teacher accused of animal cruelty pleads not guilty at court appearance Tuesday," 10 July 2018 Fischer was arrested on felony charges and is facing more than 14 years in prison if convicted later this year. Jeff Mcdonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego County again sued over sexual-misconduct allegation against top sheriff's official," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The main point of the bill is to offer federal convicts a better shot at returning to life as productive members of society, as most won’t be in prison for life. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Jailbreak for Bipartisanship," 15 Nov. 2018 But the surge of an ex-convict and former coal baron with a penchant for shock value has made West Virginia the marquee race. Joseph Weber, Fox News, "Blankenship brawl tops roster of hard-fought Senate contests as primary voters have say," 8 May 2018 Also, please think of the poor driver, who, unless he was strapped down like a convict at an operating table, was probably tossed around the all-metal interior of the armored vehicle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Amphibious Vehicle Belly Flop Into the Ocean," 4 Apr. 2018 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

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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

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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

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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