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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONVICT, v.t. [L., to vanquish or subdue. See Convince.]
1. To determine the truth of a charge against one; to prove or find guilty of a crime charged; to determine or decide to be guilty, as by the verdict of a jury, by confession, or other legal decision. The jury convicted the prisoner of felony.
2. To convince of sin; to prove or determine to be guilty, as by the conscience.
They who heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one. John 8.
3. To confute; to prove or show to be false.
4. To show by proof or evidence.
CONVICT, pp. For convicted. Proved or found guilty.
CONVICT, n. A person proved or found guilty of a crime alledged against him, either by the verdict of a jury or other legal decision.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison [syn: convict, con, inmate, yard bird, yardbird]
2: a person who has been convicted of a criminal offense v
1: find or declare guilty; "The man was convicted of fraud and sentenced" [ant: acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exculpate, exonerate]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Date: 14th century archaic having been convicted II. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French convicter, from Latin convictus, past participle of convincere to refute, convict Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to find or prove to be guilty 2. to convince of error or sinfulness intransitive verb to find a defendant guilty III. noun Date: 15th century 1. a person convicted of and under sentence for a crime 2. a person serving a usually long prison sentence

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v.tr. 1 (often foll. by of) prove to be guilty (of a crime etc.). 2 declare guilty by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge. --n. 1 a person found guilty of a criminal offence. 2 chiefly hist. a person serving a prison sentence, esp. in a penal colony. Etymology: ME f. L convincere convict- (as COM-, vincere conquer): noun f. obs. convict convicted

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Convict Con*vict", p.a. [L. convictus, p. p. of convincere to convict, prove. See Convice.] Proved or found guilty; convicted. [Obs.] --Shak. Convict by flight, and rebel to all law. --Milton.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Convict Con"vict, n. 1. A person proved guilty of a crime alleged against him; one legally convicted or sentenced to punishment for some crime. 2. A criminal sentenced to penal servitude. Syn: Malefactor; culprit; felon; criminal.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Convict Con*vict", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Convicted; p. pr. & vb. n. Convicting.] 1. To prove or find guilty of an offense or crime charged; to pronounce guilty, as by legal decision, or by one's conscience. He [Baxter] . . . had been convicted by a jury. --Macaulay. They which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one. --John viii. 9. 2. To prove or show to be false; to confute; to refute. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne. 3. To demonstrate by proof or evidence; to prove. Imagining that these proofs will convict a testament, to have that in it which other men can nowhere by reading find. --Hooker. 4. To defeat; to doom to destruction. [Obs.] A whole armado of convicted sail. --Shak. Syn: To confute; defect; convince; confound.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(convicted) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. If someone is convicted of a crime, they are found guilty of that crime in a law court. In 1977 he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment... There was insufficient evidence to convict him. ...a convicted drug dealer. VERB: be V-ed of n/-ing, V n, V-ed 2. A convict is someone who is in prison. (JOURNALISM) = prisoner N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Prove or find guilty. 2. Convince (of sin), make sensible, rouse to a sense. II. n. Malefactor, criminal, felon, culprit, condemned person.

Moby Thesaurus

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