Definition of ex-con in English:



  • An ex-convict; a former inmate of a prison.

    • ‘In other words, rather than returning to their communities anonymously, ex-cons will come back under a watchful eye.’
    • ‘Moreover, America's prisons are creating an entire class of ex-cons who have that much harder a time afterwards finding jobs that are willing to pay them competitive wages.’
    • ‘The owner of the business is an ex-con who learned baking while doing a spell in prison for armed robbery.’
    • ‘Recidivism - the rate at which ex-cons return to prison within three years of their release - has decreased by about 16 percent during the 1990s.’
    • ‘He would move to Tent City, where, for a brief period at the turn of the millennium, a few dozen thieves, vagabonds, cons and ex-cons constructed an anarchic community out of whatever materials they could find, scam or beg.’
    • ‘When I answered, at the other end was an ex-convict friend of mine, and if you've been to jail, or if you know most ex-cons, they are not the kind you'd relish disrupting your weekends, your early mornings, or worse, your late-night limes.’
    • ‘It is not so much the embarrassment or hardship of slopping out that is irking these ex-cons - it is more the public impression of what humiliations or hardships such a practice involves.’
    • ‘Some believed officers crossed that line with the parole sweeps conducted last month, which resulted in 192 arrests, more than half of ex-cons violating their parole.’
    • ‘But the available data offer little proof that ex-cons who are monitored by parole officers are less likely to commit a fresh crime than those who are not.’
    • ‘I haven't been hearing about ex-cons and sex offenders.’
    • ‘He started hiring ex-cons and gang members from the neighborhood, providing them with medical benefits and retirement plans.’
    • ‘Additionally, my morning train is also the same one Her Majesty's Prison Service uses to cart all their ex-cons back to London after they've served their time in one of the five prisons within ten miles of my house.’
    • ‘She is an ex-con who served nine months in the forbidding maximum security prison in Lexington, Kentucky.’
    • ‘Prisoners and/or ex-cons dare not become squeaky wheels.’
    • ‘Its hero is not, as the title might suggest, a reigning monarch: he is, in fact, an ex-con living in 1985 Pittsburgh having served a seven-year jail sentence for manslaughter.’
    • ‘Voters passed the Three Strikes Law as a response to several well-publicized horrors perpetrated by evil ex-cons who never should have been set free from prison.’
    • ‘These days, the staff consists of two homeless ex-cons, a death penalty activist, and two women who married men in prison.’
    • ‘She has had several children out of wedlock with various men, and now lives with one of them - Kevin, an ex-con - in public housing.’
    • ‘The rabbi and his white-clad followers, mostly aggressive ex-cons who got early prison release as religious penitents, work hard to establish themselves as the spiritual government of the neighborhood.’
    • ‘An ex-con returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition, become the biggest cat in the city and share the wealth amongst the poorer members of the pride.’


Early 20th century: abbreviation.