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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Conviction  \Con*vic"tion\,  n.  [L.  convictio  proof:  cf  F. 
  conviction  conviction  (in  sense  3  &  4).  See  {Convict}, 
  {Convince}.] 
  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. 
 
  Syn:  {Conviction};  {persuasion}. 
 
  Usage:  Conviction  respects  soley  matters  of  belief  or  faith; 
  persuasion  respects  matters  of  belief  or  practice. 
  Conviction  respects  our  most  important  duties; 
  persuasion  is  frequently  applied  to  matters  of 
  indifference.  --Crabb.  --  Conviction  is  the  result  of 
  the  [operation  of  the]  understanding;  persuasion,  of 
  the  will  Conviction  is  a  necessity  of  the  mind, 
  persuasion  an  acquiescence  of  the  inclination.  --C.  J. 
  Smith.  --  Persuasion  often  induces  men  to  act  in 
  opposition  to  their  conviction  of  duty. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  conviction 
  n  1:  an  unshakable  belief  in  something  without  need  for  proof  or 
  evidence  [syn:  {strong  belief}] 
  2:  a  final  judgment  of  guilty  in  a  criminal  case  and  the 
  punishment  that  is  imposed;  "the  conviction  came  as  no 
  surprise"  [syn:  {judgment  of  conviction},  {sentence}] 
  [ant:  {acquittal}] 




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