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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 convicted
  • If convicted of the crime he would have been released after one.
  • Eventually, the colony admitted the trials were a mistake and compensated the families of those convicted.
  • As president, he might let it proceed, and simply pardon himself if he is convicted.
  • Most of the current ad hosting services are owned and run by convicted criminals.
  • The two-time convicted felon stole the name, foes say.
  • If executives are convicted of crimes, they should certainly be punished.
  • Sentences for poachers who are convicted should be more severe to act as a deterrent.
  • It would also do wonders for filtering out prisoners who have been falsely convicted.
  • At the same time the fines levied on convicted cartels started to increase, inducing more firms to come clean.
  • He saved his own life, but he was convicted of heresy, and condemned to spend the rest of his life under house arrest.
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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