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

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

Barr also directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule the executions of five death-row inmates convicted of murder, the Justice Department said in a news release. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "AG Barr orders reinstatement of the federal death penalty," 25 July 2019 Lionel Francis, a man convicted of fatally shooting his toddler daughter, was sentenced today to death by lethal injection. Hailey Auglair | Hauglair@al.com, al, "Huntsville man sentenced to death in killing of toddler daughter," 25 July 2019 For instance, while the maximum penalty that can be charged from a person convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs would rise five-fold, the maximum prison term, should the judge decide to award one, would still be three months. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "India wants to raise drunk driving penalty by five times," 24 July 2019 Last month, the head of the Department of Homeland Security was asked point-blank during a hearing whether parents convicted of cannabis possession alone should be subject to separation. Marijuana Moment, BostonGlobe.com, "Immigrant families have been separated for marijuana possession alone, ACLU says," 2 Aug. 2019 The context: Gabbard is referring to the case of Kevin Cooper, a Death Row inmate convicted of quadruple murder in 1983. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Fact-checking the Democratic debate attacks against Kamala Harris," 1 Aug. 2019 Watson said inmates convicted of marijuana offenses should be released before a state could legalize marijuana use and sales. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Sports leagues will need to revisit cannabis rules as more states legalize weed," 1 Aug. 2019 If Nancy Segula’s proposed jail sentence is upheld, the 79-year-old woman could spend more time in jail than persons convicted of killing or starving animals. Evan Macdonald, cleveland.com, "Garfield Heights woman’s 10-day jail term for feeding cats is harsher than punishment for some who killed or starved pets," 1 Aug. 2019 In April, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill that seemed to double down on Confederate monuments’ protections, imposing steep fines on anyone convicted of vandalizing public monuments—something that had been happening in recent years. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "New Markers in Atlanta Aim to Put Confederate Monuments in Context," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Set in Tasmania in 1825, the story centers on a young Irish convict named Clare (Aisling Franciosi) who after suffering unspeakably at the hands of Lt. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Love and revenge in ‘The Nightingale’," 2 Aug. 2019 If a jury convicts, only then is someone proved guilty of a crime. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Obstruction? There Was No Obstruction.," 2 Aug. 2019 In The Nightingale, out next month, Franciosi plays Clare, a 21-year-old Irish convict indentured to a British lieutenant in Tasmania in the 1820s. Francesca Mari, Vogue, "Meet Aisling Franciosci, Breakout Star of This Summer's Most Provocative Indie," 12 July 2019 Authorities are seeking a Talladega County convict who escaped from a job site Thursday in Shelby County, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "Authorities seek convict who escaped from Shelby County job site," 11 July 2019 Caranci wrote about serving on the Town Council and helping the FBI convict three fellow councilmen on corruption charges. Edward Fitzpatrick, BostonGlobe.com, "Love him or hate him, Charlie Lombardi is a lot like Rhode Island itself: small, tough, and a bit profane," 2 July 2019 The Supreme Court last year upheld the Delhi High Court’s death penalty order for the four convicts. Aijaz Hussain, The Seattle Times, "India court keeps 3 death sentences in 2012 fatal gang rape," 9 July 2018 The work release program enabled convicts nearing the end of incarceration to work at jobs in the community during the day and sleep at the work-release facilities. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "FBI obtains records in probe of former St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain," 17 Apr. 2018 For reasons that remain unclear, Ortiz and the ex-convict, Felix A. Paulino, were together in a private back room at the Venu nightclub one night in the Theatre District. Bob Hohler, BostonGlobe.com, "Long before the shooting, Big Papi had brushes with people who ‘want something from me’," 20 July 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

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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