Definition of convict in English:

convict

Line breaks: con|vict

verb

Pronunciation: /kənˈvɪkt
 
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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.
Synonyms
declare/find/pronounce guilty; sentence, give someone a sentence
British informal send down for

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnvɪkt
 
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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.
Synonyms
prisoner, inmate; criminal, offender, lawbreaker, felon; trusty
informal jailbird, con, (old) lag, lifer, crook
North American informal yardbird
South African informal lighty
archaic transport

Origin

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

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