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CONVICT, v.t. L., to vanquish or subdue. See Convince.
1. To determine the truth of a charge against one; to prove or find guilty of a crime charged; to determine or decide to be guilty, as by the verdict of a jury, by confession, or other legal decision. The jury convicted the prisoner of felony.
2. To convince of sin; to prove or determine to be guilty, as by the conscience.
They who heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one. John 8.
3. To confute; to prove or show to be false.
4. To show by proof or evidence.
CONVICT, pp. For convicted. Proved or found guilty.
CONVICT, n. A person proved or found guilty of a crime alledged against him, either by the verdict of a jury or other legal decision.
CONVICTED, ppr. Proved or determined to be guilty, either by verdict of a jury or by the decision of conscience.
CONVICTING, ppr. Proving or finding guilty.
1. The act of proving, finding or determining to be guilty of an offense charged against a person before a legal tribunal; as by confession, by the verdict of a jury, or by the sentence of other tribunal, as in the summary convictions before commissioners of the revenue.
2. The act of convincing, or compelling one to admit the truth of a charge; the act of convincing of sin or sinfulness; the sate of being convinced or convicted by conscience; the state of being sensible of guilt; as, the convictions of a sinner may be temporary, or lasting and efficacious. By conviction, a sinner is brought to repentance. Men often sin against the conviction of their own consciences.
3. The act of convincing of error; confutation; the act of compelling one to acknowledge his error, or the truth of what is alledged; as, the conviction of a heretic may induce him to abandon his errors.
CONVICTIVE, a. Having the power to convince or convict.
CONVICTIVELY, adv. In a convincing manner.
"Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read" —Isaiah 34:16, KJV
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