A convict is a person who has been found guilty — convicted — of a crime and is serving a sentence in prison.

When you convict (accent on the second syllable) someone of a crime, you find them guilty. The person is then a convict (accent on the first syllable). When the person is released from jail, he's an ex-con, that is, he's not a convict any more.

Definitions of convict

v find or declare guilty

“The man was convicted of fraud and sentenced”
acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exculpate, exonerate
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
convict anew
Type of:
judge, label, pronounce
pronounce judgment on

n a person who has been convicted of a criminal offense

first offender
someone convicted for the first time
sex offender
someone who has been convicted of a sex crime
Type of:
offender, wrongdoer
a person who transgresses moral or civil law

n a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison

con, inmate, yard bird, yardbird
a prisoner serving a term of life imprisonment
a convict who is considered trustworthy and granted special privileges
Type of:
captive, prisoner
a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war

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