American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Law To find or prove (someone) guilty of an offense or crime, especially by the verdict of a court: The jury convicted the defendant of manslaughter.
- v. To show or declare to be blameworthy; condemn: His remarks convicted him of a lack of sensitivity.
- v. To make aware of one's sinfulness or guilt.
- v. To return a verdict of guilty in a court: "We need jurors . . . who will not convict merely because they are suspicious” ( Scott Turow).
- n. Law A person found or declared guilty of an offense or crime.
- n. Law A person serving a sentence of imprisonment.
- adj. Archaic Found guilty; convicted.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To prove or find guilty of an offense charged; specifically, to determine or adjudge to be guilty after trial before a legal tribunal, as by the verdict of a jury or other legal decision: as, to convict the prisoner of felony.
- To convince of wrong-doing or sin; bring (one) to the belief or consciousness that one has done wrong; awaken the conscience of.
- To confute; prove or show to be false.
- To show by proof or evidence.
- Proved or found guilty; convicted.
- Overcome; conquered.
- n. A person proved or found guilty of an offense alleged against him; espeeially,one found guilty, after trial before a legal tribunal, by the verdict of a jury or other legal decision; hence, a person undergoing penal servitude; a convicted prisoner.
- v. transitive To find guilty
- n. law A person convicted of a crime by a judicial body.
- n. A person deported to a penal colony.
- n. A common name for the sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus), owing to its black and stripes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Proved or found guilty; convicted.
- n. A person proved guilty of a crime alleged against him; one legally convicted or sentenced to punishment for some crime.
- n. A criminal sentenced to penal servitude.
- v. To prove or find guilty of an offense or crime charged; to pronounce guilty, as by legal decision, or by one's conscience.
- v. obsolete To prove or show to be false; to confute; to refute.
- v. To demonstrate by proof or evidence; to prove.
- v. obsolete To defeat; to doom to destruction.
- n. a person who has been convicted of a criminal offense
- n. a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
- v. find or declare guilty
- From Anglo-Norman convicter, from Latin convictus, the past participle of convincere 'convict' (Wiktionary)
- Middle English convicten, from Latin convincere, convict-; see convince. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A mercenary spaceship ferrying a convict is attacked by a horde of unidentified fighter craft.”
“But why rely on those generalizations when a convict is already being scrutinized at the individual level?”
“Billy had told her of the great perch Cal Hutchins caught on the day of the eclipse, when he had little dreamed the heart of his manhood would be spent in convict's garb.”
“Oh well, the stir, or the pen, as they call it in convict argot, is a training school for philosophy.”
“In CA, every first time drug possession convict is already offered out-of-prison treatment.”
“[Note, however, that some courts hold, controversially, that a pardon does not preclude the imposition of attorney discipline based on the underlying conduct, because a pardon “cannot work such moral changes as to warrant the assertion that a pardoned convict is just as reliable as one who has constantly maintained the character of a good citizen.”]”
“Rourke will play a convict from a Mexican prison who is sold into the game, and 50 Cent the man employed to escort him to the bloody game.”
“Next time, he hears a murder report I hope he remembers that his Green River convict is enjoying the good life in Walla Walla.”
“It doesn't help that in spite of being a first-term convict serving a short sentence for bank robbery, Chaffee was a nice guy.”
“The manufacturer of the game, in which an ex-convict is hired to recover stolen drug money in the streets of Miami, has been harshly criticized for its portrayal of Haitians.”
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