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

Synonyms & Antonyms for convict

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mixon took an Alford plea (maintaining innocence while acknowledging enough evidence to convict) to a misdemeanor charge of punching a woman. The Enquirer, 24 Mar. 2022 After a weeklong trial, the same jury had taken four and a half hours Friday to convict Carraman of murder in the fatal shooting of Krisopher Carraman, 23, on March 27, 2020. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Jan. 2022 The House impeached former president Donald Trump for inciting the mob, but the Senate didn’t convict him. Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2022 Darnella Frazier’s after her video helped convict George Floyd’s murderer. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 17 Dec. 2021 To some Black Americans, that a nearly all-White jury would convict three White men who claimed self-defense in the killing of an African American person was a sign that their lives do matter. Emmanuel Felton, Tim Craig, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Nov. 2021 Then, the state Senate conducts a trial during which two-thirds must vote to convict, which would remove the person from their position. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Nov. 2021 Notably, the jury did not convict Wilke, his accomplice Shawn Edward Williams, and two other men who were not named in the court documents of starting the Maple Fire, which cost Washington state around $4.2 million to extinguish. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 July 2021 The jury would convict, but the judge reduced the charge from murder to manslaughter, so Carson counted it as a win. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Leaving a stable job for a convict is a major deviation from societal norms, Bourke said. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 7 May 2022 In the fifth and final season, another Serling script presents a small town whose people eagerly await the hanging of a convict. Colin Marshall, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2022 The show revolves around a former convict who feels like a fish out of water in her new life as a a suburban mom, with a husband (J. Bernard Calloway), a challenging sister (Tami Roman) and two sets of kids. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Two years later, Dane went to Toronto to play a young convict on the CBC drama Shadow of a Pale Horse, and in 1965 the Canadian actor first went to Los Angeles to try his luck in Hollywood. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Mar. 2022 The city is one step closer to purchasing the land that was once home to a brick company that used brutal convict labor practices. Wilborn Nobles, ajc, 4 Apr. 2022 The trial could shed new light on the bizarre saga of an ex-convict who became a Pied Piper figure on a leafy liberal arts campus in Bronxville, an affluent New York City suburb. New York Times, 6 Mar. 2022 Jean is a former professional rugby player and an ex-convict; he was incarcerated for some sort of criminal activity in which his friend François (Colin), a younger man, was also involved, but unprosecuted. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2022 The movie from Russia is a black comedy about an ex-convict trying to reclaim her daughter by force. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'convict.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About convict

Time Traveler for convict

Time Traveler

The first known use of convict was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near convict

conveyorize

convict

convict goods

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for convict

Cite this Entry

“Convict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convict. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for convict

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

More from Merriam-Webster on convict

Nglish: Translation of convict for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of convict for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!