Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The policy or practice of transporting convicts to penal settlements.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The policy or practice of transporting convicts to penal settlements.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The convict system (which see, under convict, n.).

Etymologies

convict +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So, in virtue of this last appeal, convictism had established a tacit right to converse in whispers, and to move about inside its oaken cage.

    For the term of his natural life

  • It was the man who had tried to call for the sentry an hour back, and Pine had him out also; convictism beginning to wonder a little.

    For the term of his natural life

  • Little Miss Sylvia was privileged to go anywhere and do anything, and even convictism shut its foul mouth in her presence.

    For the term of his natural life

  • This, then, was the secret of the unwillingness of the authorities to encourage the search for gold, and it is after all due to the fact that the search was ultimately successful beyond all precedent, that Australia has been for so many years relieved of the curse of convictism, and has ceased once and for all to be a depot for the scoundrelism of Britain -- "Hurrah for the bright red gold!"

    Getting Gold: a practical treatise for prospectors, miners and students

  • And yet to save a trifling outlay compared with the injustice now done, the representative of Her Majesty is compelled to carry about under his skirts a parcel of convictism; to deposit these tokens of imperial interest he is driven to have recourse to artifice, trickery and falsehood.

    A Source Book of Australian History

  • However severely the evils of convictism may have been felt in this community, they will be felt at

    A Source Book of Australian History

  • The combination of convictism in Tasmania and gold in Victoria and

    A Source Book of Australian History

  • Had such been the case a century might have elapsed before the reproach of convictism had been removed from this hemisphere.

    A Source Book of Australian History

  • It extended from their arrival in Australia, and was marked by long and successful struggles against religious ascendancy, the partial cessation of convictism, and the beginnings fo the present hierarchical organization.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • He was glad to see that she had at last freed herself from the shackles of that curse of convictism, and could now go hand in hand with the other colonies in the march of progress.

    Explorations in Australia, Illustrated,

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