• WordNet 3.6
    • v convict find or declare guilty "The man was convicted of fraud and sentenced"
    • n convict a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
    • n convict a person who has been convicted of a criminal offense
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana
    • Convict A criminal sentenced to penal servitude.
    • Convict A person proved guilty of a crime alleged against him; one legally convicted or sentenced to punishment for some crime.
    • p. a Convict kŏn*vĭkt" Proved or found guilty; convicted. "Convict by flight, and rebel to all law."
    • Convict To defeat; to doom to destruction. "A whole armado of convicted sail."
    • Convict 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."
    • Convict 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.""They which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one."
    • Convict To prove or show to be false; to confute; to refute.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1863, Paul Hubert of Bordeaux, France, was sentenced to life in jail for murder. After 21 years, it was discovered that he was convicted of murdering himself.
    • convict To prove or find guilty of an offense charged; specifically, to determine or adjudge to be guilty after trial before a legal tribunal, as by the verdict of a jury or other legal decision: as, to convict the prisoner of felony.
    • convict To convince of wrong-doing or sin; bring (one) to the belief or consciousness that one has done wrong; awaken the conscience of.
    • convict To confute; prove or show to be false.
    • convict To show by proof or evidence.
    • convict Proved or found guilty; convicted.
    • convict Overcome; conquered.
    • n convict A person proved or found guilty of an offense alleged against him; espeeially,one found guilty, after trial before a legal tribunal, by the verdict of a jury or other legal decision; hence, a person undergoing penal servitude; a convicted prisoner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About 43% of convicted criminals in the U.S. are rearrested within a year of being released from prison.
    • v.t Convict kon-vikt′ to prove guilty: to pronounce guilty
    • n Convict one convicted or found guilty of crime, esp. one who has been condemned to penal servitude
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.”
  • Pat Benatar
    Pat Benatar
    “With the power of conviction, there is no sacrifice.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “I will listen to anyone's convictions, but pray keep your doubts to yourself.”
  • Raquel Welch
    Raquel Welch
    “Being a sex symbol was rather like being a convict.”


To have the courage of your convictions - If you have the courage of your convictions, you are brave enough to do what you feel is right, despite any pressure for you to do something different.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. convictus, p. p. of convincere, to convict, prove. See Convice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From root of Convince.


In literature:

I was brought here and sold to work with negroes and convicts.
"Duffels" by Edward Eggleston
Not that Haydon condoned those offenses upon which Deveny stood convicted by circumstantial evidence.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
"History of Australia and New Zealand" by Alexander Sutherland
Conviction was taking hold of him.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
I had many rich men pointed out to me in Tobolsk who had come out as convicts.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Moreover the conviction grew that, could he have followed the lot, his choice would have been a life-mistake.
"George Muller of Bristol" by Arthur T. Pierson
I don't ask you to convict yourself.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
The ground on which some portion of the present town is built was filled up by convict labour.
"Prisoners Their Own Warders" by J. F. A. McNair
Ah, if I could only wear this on my back when I'm demanding the conviction of the Irissary murderer!
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
Why did her heart convict her of having deserted a friend, when she knew that the desertion was his?
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
You noticed the article that the captain read last evening about the convicts escaping.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
I felt an instantaneous conviction that the boilers had burst, and such in reality was the fact.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
I was suddenly conscious of an irresistible conviction.
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It was the produce of the necessities and convictions of the hour.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
To secure convictions he manufactures, with the aid of his detectives, all kinds of perjured evidence.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
He defended Cispius, but Cispius was convicted.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
The change probably marks the development of his father's convictions.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
They dare not for their lives come forward and boldly state their convictions.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Dostoyevsky's fellow-convicts showed great fondness for a horse, an eagle, and a number of geese.
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
The convict went to the window, and laid his hot face against the cold rusty iron bars.
"Peasant Tales of Russia" by V.I. Nemirovitch-Dantchenko

In poetry:

For many a laugh went through the Vale;
And some conviction tod:--
Each thought some other Goblin
Perhaps, was just as true.
"The Fakeham Ghost" by Robert Bloomfield
When the inexorable hour
Chills the hopeless convict's blood;
When sunk and drown'd his eve'ry power,
In sorrow's overwhelming flood:
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
She knew my name--we met in pain;
Our parting pangs can I express?
She sail'd a convict o'er the main,
And left an heir to her distress.
"The Hall Of Justice" by George Crabbe
My soul, a sullen silence keeps
Meanwhile, and self-convicted weeps,
Or mute as is the fin-row'd fry,
'Tis only sometimes heard to sigh.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
Thou hast said a God once died
Through His boundless love to me:
Now to bring thee to conviction
Let me this one strong point try . . .
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Rejoice, O Land! our golden Land!
Be glad, our glorious clime!
We are quit of the curse of the convict-band,
We are free from the taint of crime.
"Australia Emancipated. (A Ballad For Colonial Patriots)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

VATICAN CITY — A Vatican court on Saturday convicted a Holy See computer expert of obstruction of justice as part of a broader investigation into the theft of confidential papal documents that were leaked to a journalist.
A Vatican court on Saturday convicted a Holy See computer expert of obstruction of justice as part of a broader investigation into the theft of confidential papal documents that were leaked to a journalist.
Computer Expert Convicted in Vatican Leaks Case.
A former Marine convicted of killing a fellow Marine wants his conviction overturned.
Kenneth Kimes, the con artist convicted last year with his mother of killing a Manhattan woman, pleaded not guilty yesterday to murder charges in the 1998 shooting death of David Kazdin, a friend and business associate.
SELINSGROVE — Convicted conman Kurt Keiper will appear in Snyder County Court this afternoon, seven months after he fled the state to avoid being sentenced on felony theft charges.
95 percent of guilty defendants are convicted.
State law requires sheriffs to give concealed weapons permits to every trained adult -- unless they have specific criminal convictions, or if the sheriff thinks they're a public safety risk.
One of the curious details announced after the execution of convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad had to do with his attire.
A new law in Alabama requires people convicted of drunk driving to install ignition locks on their vehicles.
It requires convicted drunk drivers with a blood-alcohol level of.15 or higher to install an ignition lock in their vehicle.
The convicted terrorist who admitted to wanting to kill men, women and children on a New York City subway is now in the government witness-protection program.
XENIA — A Xenia woman convicted of embezzlement was found in contempt of court on Wednesday for the third time.
(AP) _ A convicted murderer has lost a motion for a continuance in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against him by the children of his victim.
Last month, a jury convicted Shields of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in Sweeney's 2008 shooting death.

In science:

Although such signaling contradicts in every sense the convictions of what is feasible in physics after Michelson-Morley and related experiments, it doesn’t bear causal loops while only one single frame is assumed.
Is there a real time ordering behind the nonlocal correlations?
It is our conviction that the important metric spaces studied in probability theory have recognizable Boolean inclusions, and that proving this in each individual case should not be too difficult.
Uniform test of algorithmic randomness over a general space
Our conviction is that the definition of the standard oracle is far too “classical” to bring out the full potential of a quantum system and thus mainly responsible for such unsavory results.
Comparative Computational Strength of Quantum Oracles
The horrifying smallness of the expected quantum-gravity effects, due to the overall suppression by powers of the ratio of the Planck length (Lp ∼ 10−35m) versus the characteristic wavelength of the particles involved in the process, had led to the conviction that experiments could never possibly help.
A perspective on Quantum Gravity Phenomenology
Based on these consideration, it is my conviction that the physics case for a super B -factory is compelling.
The Physics Case for an e^+ e^- Super B-Factory
Although it is common conviction that a unified mathematical framework describing both gravity and quantum phenomena should exist, it seems to be still out of reach.
Supersymmetric Gauge Theories from String Theory
The argument satisfyingly flows along, conveying that conviction, occasionally with reservations, to the reader.
Book Review of Stephen L. Adler's, "Quantum theory as an emergent phenomenon."
As planet searches progress, the conviction that planets are common objects in the universe continually strengthen.
Probing the Impact of Stellar Duplicity on Planet Occurrence with Spectroscopic and Imaging Observations
Our conviction of its effectiveness was strongly reinforced when we obtained the best result for the 3D case.
Two-dimensional body of maximum mean resistance
To the degree that systems theory does not merely make its specific disciplinary contribution with the system of the sciences but also penetrates the lifeworld with its claim to universality, it replaces metaphysical background convictions with metabiological ones.
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
Your financial situation changes over time, so do your friendships, your convictions and beliefs.
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management
To reach a further conviction that these features are indeed universal to all supersymmetric black holes, a more systematic study of supersymmetric solutions is desirable.
Black hole solutions in string theory
The study of solar flares is becoming popular among the researchers working at the frontier of statistical mechanics, due to the widely shared conviction that they are a signature of a significant departure from the condition of ordinary Brownian motion [1–4].
Diffusion entropy and waiting time statistics of hard x-ray solar flares
Concluding, we have the strong conviction that the Doppler effect approach to study the thermal SZ effect is not only very clear from the physical point of view, it also contains ingredients which are promising for further studies more advantageous than those offered by the diffusive model.
The Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect revisited
Every day it helps convict the guilty, exonerate the innocent, and reveal the subtleties of real world situations that interested parties may try to hide in biased, oversimplified verbal accounts of what happened.
Improvements to time bracketed authentication