Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive 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.
  • transitive v. To show or declare to be blameworthy; condemn: His remarks convicted him of a lack of sensitivity.
  • transitive v. To make aware of one's sinfulness or guilt.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To find guilty
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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.
  • transitive v. To prove or find guilty of an offense or crime charged; to pronounce guilty, as by legal decision, or by one's conscience.
  • transitive v. To prove or show to be false; to confute; to refute.
  • transitive v. To demonstrate by proof or evidence; to prove.
  • transitive v. To defeat; to doom to destruction.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English convicten, from Latin convincere, convict-; see convince.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman convicter, from Latin convictus, the past participle of convincere 'convict' (Wiktionary)

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  • The convict was convicted anew.

    November 23, 2007