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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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  • His manner was so stern that she stammered her reply with an air of convicted guilt.

    Much Ado About Peter Jean Webster
  • She had been convicted of blackmail, and she made no pretense even of innocence.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He had been tried and convicted, the verdict being unanimous.

    Walter Pieterse Multatuli
  • You were arrested in Buffalo, convicted, and served your stretch.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Before the expiration of his sentence, the fourth was convicted.

    Secret Band of Brothers Jonathan Harrington Green
British Dictionary definitions for convicted


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 convicted



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 convicted



  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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