convict[kən vikt′; for n. kän′vikt′]
- The definition of a convict is a person found guilty of a crime and sentenced to serving time behind bars.
An example of a convict is a man in prison.
- Convict is defined as to declare someone guilty of something, especially when done formally by a judge or jury in a court of law.
An example of convict is when a jury pronounces a murderer as guilty.
- to prove (a person) guilty: convicted by the evidence
- to judge and find guilty of an offense charged: the jury convicted him of theft
- to bring to a realization of one's guilt: convicted by his own conscience
Origin of convictMiddle English convicten ; from Classical Latin convictus, past participle of convincere: see convince
- a person found guilty of a crime and sentenced by a court
- a person serving a sentence in prison
verbcon·vict·ed, con·vict·ing, con·victs
- Law To find or prove (someone) guilty of an offense or crime, especially by the verdict of a court: The jury convicted the defendant of manslaughter.
- To show or declare to be blameworthy; condemn: His remarks convicted him of a lack of sensitivity.
- To make aware of one's sinfulness or guilt.
- A person found or declared guilty of an offense or crime.
- A person serving a sentence of imprisonment.
Origin of convictMiddle English convicten, from Latin convincere, convict-; see convince.
(third-person singular simple present convicts, present participle convicting, simple past and past participle convicted)
convict - Legal Definition