Definition of convict in English:

convict

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transitive verb

[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.

    ‘the thieves were convicted of the robbery’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was not convicted of any offence, but the police refused to return the money.’
    • ‘The prosecution's use of such evidence to stampede a jury into convicting him of multiple felonies flies in the face of the First Amendment.’
    • ‘At his trial, a jury spent 24 days considering a verdict before convicting him of conning thousands of Britons, many of them elderly, out of their savings.’
    • ‘To name culprits who had not defended themselves and were not obliged to do so would have been the moral equivalent to convicting someone without due process.’
    • ‘The rest of us are aware how low the chances are of actually arresting and convicting anyone for an offence in the first place.’
    • ‘First, he criticised judges for not convicting criminals often enough when prosecutors bring cases before them.’
    • ‘If so, Morrison wants to know whether the judge who convicted him was aware of this fact.’
    • ‘But the jury rejected his account, convicting him of murder by a majority verdict.’
    • ‘He knew that the cheque would bounce, and at first instance he was convicted of theft.’
    • ‘Prosecutors fear that if they can only show he was acting suspiciously, the jury may be swayed by the defence into convicting him of a lesser offence, preventing a death sentence.’
    • ‘The count on which he was convicted was the first count of a three count indictment.’
    • ‘The same result was reached when a judge in the Court convicting the applicants had presided over another trial in which the other participants in the same criminal incident had been convicted.’
    • ‘Her most recent trial ended last week with the jury split 8 to 4 in favor of convicting her of second-degree murder after six days of deliberations.’
    • ‘I think a jury would have a much more difficult time in convicting him.’
    • ‘He was convicted of a series of offences arising from the photography at an earlier hearing.’
    • ‘Although he denied the charge, he was convicted of robbery and jailed for six years.’
    • ‘Williams was also convicted of the theft of two cars and an unrelated burglary.’
    declare guilty, find guilty, pronounce guilty
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Pronunciation

convict

/kənˈvikt/ /kənˈvɪkt/

noun

  • A person found guilty of a criminal offense and serving a sentence of imprisonment.

    ‘two escaped convicts kidnapped them at gunpoint’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He stayed there for a moment and took it all in, feeling like a convict making an escape in one of those prison movies.’
    • ‘With the help of a few survivors and the military junk pile at their disposal, they have to take on a prison full of convicts who now run the place.’
    • ‘This middle-class morality also defined female convicts ' experiences of prison life.’
    • ‘He also started writing his own fiction, which focused primarily on convicts and prison life.’
    • ‘Languishing in jail for the last year and a half, she is said to be sharing space in the jail with drug convicts and other criminals.’
    • ‘Suspended death sentences in China often are commuted to life in prison if the convicts are deemed reformed.’
    • ‘Do you have any idea how much it costs to keep a convict in prison?’
    • ‘Many times convicts have escaped while under a warder, not because the officer is negligent but simply that he is looking after too many inmates than he ought to.’
    • ‘They are lumped in with more high security risk prisoners - principally narcotics convicts.’
    • ‘But there was no real private population here to provide support; he was as much a prisoner here as the convicts.’
    • ‘And some states are better at rehabilitating the prisoners and convicts behind the bars.’
    • ‘As of 2001, drug convicts accounted for 57 percent of the federal inmate population.’
    • ‘The transportation of convicts had only ended in 1868.’
    • ‘For a long time in Australia, probably the main industry was the transportation of convicts from the United Kingdom.’
    • ‘As the film is about a football game between convicts and warders, it also draws on the clichés of the sports movie.’
    • ‘Edith looked at me as if I was one of the runaway convicts of some county jail.’
    • ‘As of October 2002, there were 83 convicts on death row for crimes committed as minors.’
    prisoner, inmate
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Pronunciation

convict

/ˈkänˌvikt/ /ˈkɑnˌvɪkt/

Origin

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