KJV Dictionary Definition: convict


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.