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Syllabification: con·vict

Definition of convict in English:


Pronunciation: /kənˈvikt
[with object]
Declare (someone) to be guilty of a criminal offense 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.
find guilty, sentence


Pronunciation: /ˈkänˌvikt
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A person found guilty of a criminal offense and serving a sentence of imprisonment.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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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