Definition of convict in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈvɪkt/
Declare (someone) to be guilty of a criminal offence by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law: her former boyfriend was convicted of assaulting her (as adjective convicted) a convicted murderer
More example sentences
  • The reality is that he was convicted of an offence to which he could have pleaded guilty.
  • The Court of Criminal Appeal held that the jury acted unreasonably in convicting him of that count.
  • The jury convicted you on the basis of observations, phone calls and books on that basis.
declare/find/pronounce guilty;
sentence, give someone a sentence
British informal send down for


Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnvɪkt/
A person found guilty of a criminal offence and serving a sentence of imprisonment: two escaped convicts kidnapped them at gunpoint
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  • In this open prison convicts live with their families, go out to work and pay taxes for water and electricity
  • Two convicts escape while handcuffed together, and are pursued by police and the press while attempting to track down their former associates.
  • One day when Chris was at work and the kids were at school, two convicts who had escaped from jail broke into the Rodgers home in an attempt to hide from the police.
prisoner, inmate;
criminal, offender, lawbreaker, felon;
informal jailbird, con, (old) lag, lifer, crook
North American informal yardbird
South African informal lighty
archaic transport


Middle English: from Latin convict- 'demonstrated, refuted, convicted', from the verb convincere (see convince). The noun is from obsolete convict 'convicted'.

  • victory from Middle English:

    A medieval word that goes back to Latin victoria ‘victory’. The ultimate root was Latin vincere ‘to conquer’, also the source of convince (mid 16th century), convict (Late Middle English), evict (early 16th century), and vanquish (Middle English). Dig for Victory was a British slogan of the Second World War which urged people to grow their own food to make up for the loss of imports. A Pyrrhic victory is a victory won at too great a cost. It comes from Pyrrhus, a king of Epirus, part of present-day Greece. Pyrrhus invaded Italy in 280 bc and defeated the Romans at the battle of Asculum, though only after such heavy losses that after the battle he is said to have exclaimed: ‘One more such victory and we are lost.’ Queen Victoria, whose name is the Latin for ‘victory’, and whose long reign lasted from 1837 to 1901, gave her name to the Victorian era. A support for Victorian values, often summed up as hard work, social responsibility, and strict morality, is associated with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who said in 1983: ‘I was asked whether I was trying to restore Victorian values. I said straight out I was. And I am.’

Words that rhyme with convict

addict, afflict, conflict, constrict, contradict, delict, depict, evict, hand-picked, inflict, interdict, Pict, predict, reconvict, strict

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