Conviction

Definition of Conviction

Con`vic´tion   Pronunciation: kǒn`vĭk´shŭn
n.1.The act of convicting; the act of proving, finding, or adjudging, guilty of an offense.
The greater certainty of conviction and the greater certainty of punishment.
- Hallam.
2.(Law) A judgment of condemnation entered by a court having jurisdiction; the act or process of finding guilty, or the state of being found guilty of any crime by a legal tribunal.
Conviction may accrue two ways.
- Blackstone.
3.The act of convincing of error, or of compelling the admission of a truth; confutation.
For all his tedious talk is but vain boast,
Or subtle shifts conviction to evade.
- Milton.
4.The state of being convinced or convicted; strong persuasion or belief; especially, the state of being convicted of sin, or by one's conscience.
To call good evil, and evil good, against the conviction of their own consciences.
- Swift.
And did you presently fall under the power of this conviction?
- Bunyan.

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