Definition of conviction in English:


Syllabification: con·vic·tion
Pronunciation: /kənˈvikSHən


  • 1A formal declaration that someone is guilty of a criminal offense, made by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law: she had a previous conviction for a similar offense
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    • The Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the conviction for murder and substituted one of manslaughter.
    • The fact that a claimant has convictions for offences of dishonesty does not mean that a jury must disbelieve him.
    • At an early stage the jury were told of the appellant's previous convictions.
    declaration of guilt, sentence, judgment
  • 2A firmly held belief or opinion: his conviction that the death was no accident she takes pride in stating her political convictions
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    • This afternoon I have tried to set before you some of my most deeply held convictions and beliefs.
    • There is no reason why a BBC journalist should not have political convictions.
    • And yet how can I turn away from my faith in God, my political convictions, my gender?
    belief, opinion, view, thought, persuasion, idea, position, stance, article of faith
  • 2.1The quality of showing that one is firmly convinced of what one believes or says: his voice lacked conviction
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    • The boy's voice lacked much conviction but worse than that he sounded as if he were about to cry.
    • Kathy said but there was a lack of conviction in her voice now and I smiled inwardly.
    • If you agree with me, then stand up with conviction for what we believe in and fight for it.
    certainty, certitude, assurance, confidence, sureness, no shadow of a doubt


late Middle English: from Latin convictio(n-), from the verb convincere (see convince).

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