Definition of convict in English:



  • 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’
    ‘a convicted murderer’
    • ‘The Court of Criminal Appeal held that the jury acted unreasonably in convicting him of that count.’
    • ‘He knew that the cheque would bounce, and at first instance he was convicted of theft.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Williams was also convicted of the theft of two cars and an unrelated burglary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although he denied the charge, he was convicted of robbery and jailed for six years.’
    • ‘But the jury rejected his account, convicting him of murder by a majority verdict.’
    • ‘The reality is that he was convicted of an offence to which he could have pleaded guilty.’
    • ‘The jury convicted you on the basis of observations, phone calls and books on that basis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think a jury would have a much more difficult time in convicting him.’
    • ‘The count on which he was convicted was the first count of a three count indictment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was not convicted of any offence, but the police refused to return the money.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If so, Morrison wants to know whether the judge who convicted him was aware of this fact.’
    • ‘First, he criticised judges for not convicting criminals often enough when prosecutors bring cases before them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was convicted of a series of offences arising from the photography at an earlier hearing.’
    declare guilty, find guilty, pronounce guilty
    sentence, give someone a sentence
    send down for
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  • A person found guilty of a criminal offense and serving a sentence of imprisonment.

    • ‘He stayed there for a moment and took it all in, feeling like a convict making an escape in one of those prison movies.’
    • ‘Two convicts escape while handcuffed together, and are pursued by police and the press while attempting to track down their former associates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are lumped in with more high security risk prisoners - principally narcotics convicts.’
    • ‘For a long time in Australia, probably the main industry was the transportation of convicts from the United Kingdom.’
    • ‘He also started writing his own fiction, which focused primarily on convicts and prison life.’
    • ‘Do you have any idea how much it costs to keep a convict in prison?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this open prison convicts live with their families, go out to work and pay taxes for water and electricity’
    • ‘Suspended death sentences in China often are commuted to life in prison if the convicts are deemed reformed.’
    • ‘The transportation of convicts had only ended in 1868.’
    • ‘This middle-class morality also defined female convicts ' experiences of prison life.’
    • ‘Edith looked at me as if I was one of the runaway convicts of some county jail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As of October 2002, there were 83 convicts on death row for crimes committed as minors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the film is about a football game between convicts and warders, it also draws on the clichés of the sports movie.’
    prisoner, inmate
    criminal, offender, lawbreaker, felon
    jailbird, con, lifer, crook
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Middle English: from Latin convict- demonstrated, refuted, convicted from the verb convincere (see convince). The noun is from obsolete convict convicted.