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convict Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
    inmate; yard bird; yardbird; con.
  2. noun a person who has been convicted of a criminal offense
  3. verb find or declare guilty
    • The man was convicted of fraud and sentenced

Con*vict" participial adjective
L. convictus, p.p. of convincere to convict, prove. See Convice.
  1. Proved or found guilty; convicted. Obs. Shak.
    Convict by flight, and rebel to all law. Milton.
Con"vict noun
  1. A person proved guilty of a crime alleged against him; one legally convicted or sentenced to punishment for some crime.
  2. A criminal sentenced to penal servitude. Syn. -- Malefactor; culprit; felon; criminal.
Con*vict" transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Convicted; present participle & verbal noun Convicting
  1. To prove or find guilty of an offense or crime charged; to pronounce guilty, as by legal decision, or by one's conscience.
    He [Baxter] . . . had been convicted by a jury. Macaulay.
    They which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one. John viii. 9.
  2. To prove or show to be false; to confute; to refute. Obs. Sir T. Browne.
  3. To demonstrate by proof or evidence; to prove.
    Imagining that these proofs will convict a testament, to have that in it which other men can nowhere by reading find. Hooker.
  4. To defeat; to doom to destruction. Obs.
    A whole armado of convicted sail. Shak.
    Syn. -- To confute; defect; convince; confound.

Webster 1913

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