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[v., adj. kuh n-vikt; n. kon-vikt] /v., adj. kənˈvɪkt; n. ˈkɒn vɪkt/
verb (used with object)
to prove or declare guilty of an offense, especially after a legal trial:
to convict a prisoner of a felony.
to impress with a sense of guilt.
a person proved or declared guilty of an offense.
a person serving a prison sentence.
Archaic. convicted.
Origin of convict
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English convicten < Latin convictus past participle of convincere, equivalent to con- con- + vic- variant stem of vincere to overcome + -tus past participle suffix (see convince); (noun, adj.) Middle English convict, past participle of convicten (or directly < L)
Related forms
convictable, convictible, adjective
convictive, adjective
convictively, adverb
half-convicted, adjective
preconvict, verb (used with object)
reconvict, verb (used with object)
self-convicted, adjective
unconvicted, adjective
unconvicting, adjective
unconvictive, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for convict
  • convict in the court of public opinion and convict in a court of law are two different things.
  • Nailing the truth about the elusive convict fish proves tougher than expected.
  • Though that is debatable, it is a fact that an executed convict will no longer commit crimes.
  • Defense attorneys could argue that a small amount of residue on cash was not sufficient evidence to convict their clients.
  • If the main perpetrators are to be caught, and the evidence found to convict them, the two should co-operate.
  • Yet creating new trials to convict them will be legally difficult, given their past treatment.
  • She could have easily went to the authorities at any time and wore a recording wire to convict her drug dealer.
  • Not hiring anybody but using cheap convict labor will go a long way toward balancing the books.
  • If you plan to release a convict as a good citizen, then you shouldn't put him in prison in the first place.
  • Ledbetter then announced to communicate refrigerator, but each farming it came to convict on the speed.
British Dictionary definitions for convict


verb (transitive) (kənˈvɪkt)
to pronounce (someone) guilty of an offence
noun (ˈkɒnvɪkt)
a person found guilty of an offence against the law, esp one who is sentenced to imprisonment
a person serving a prison sentence
adjective (kənˈvɪkt)
(obsolete) convicted
Derived Forms
convictable, convictible, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin convictus convicted of crime, from convincere to prove guilty, convince
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Word Origin and History for convict

mid-14c., from Latin convictus, past participle of convincere "to 'overcome' in argument" (see convince). Replaced Old English verb oferstælan. Related: Convicted; convicting.


late 15c., from convict (v). Slang shortening con is from 1893.

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Slang definitions & phrases for convict


  1. A zebra (1940s+ Circus) cooch
  2. Any sexually suggestive or imitative dance, esp a striptease dance; the HOOTCHIE-COOTCHIE (1920s+)
  3. The female crotch; vulva (1950s+)

: an old-time circus cooch show

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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