From Middle English convicten, from Anglo-Norman convicter, from Latin convictus, the past participle of convincō (“to convict”). Doublet of convince. Displaced native Old English forwyrċan (“to convict, condemn”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒnvɪkt/
- (General American) enPR: kŏnʹvĭkt; IPA(key): /ˈkɑnvɪkt/
Audio (US), noun (file)
- Hyphenation: con‧vict
convict (third-person singular simple present convicts, present participle convicting, simple past and past participle convicted)
- (transitive) To find guilty, as a result of legal proceedings, or (informal) in a moral sense.
- Synonyms: sentence, (informal) disapprove
- His remarks convicted him of a lack of sensitivity.
- (chiefly religion) To convince, persuade; to cause (someone) to believe in (something).
- Synonym: convince
to find guilty
to convince (someone of a belief)
convict (plural convicts)
- (law) A person convicted of a crime by a judicial body.
- Synonyms: assigned servant, con, government man, (historical) public servant
- A person deported to a penal colony.
- Synonym: penal colonist
- The convict cichlid (Amatitlania nigrofasciata), also known as the zebra cichlid, a popular aquarium fish, with stripes that resemble a prison uniform.
- A common name for the sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus), owing to its black and gray stripes.
person convicted of a crime
person deported to a penal colony