v. con·vict·ed, con·vict·ing, con·victs
1. 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.
2. To show or declare to be blameworthy; condemn: His remarks convicted him of a lack of sensitivity.
3. To make aware of one's sinfulness or guilt.
To return a verdict of guilty in a court: "We need jurors ... who will not convict merely because they are suspicious" (Scott Turow).
1. A person found or declared guilty of an offense or crime.
2. A person serving a sentence of imprisonment.
[Middle English convicten, from Latin convincere, convict-; see CONVINCE.]
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