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.

And did you presently fall under the power of this conviction?

Syn.Conviction; persuasion. — 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.

(Con"vict*ism) n. The policy or practice of transporting convicts to penal settlements. "The evils of convictism." W. Howitt.

(Con*vict"ive) a. Convincing. [R.]

The best and most convictive argument.

Con*vict"ive*ly, adv.Con*vict"ive*ness, n.

(Con*vince") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Convinced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Convincing.] [L. convincere, - victum, to refute, prove; con- + vincere to conquer. See Victor, and cf. Convict.]

1. To overpower; to overcome; to subdue or master. [Obs.]

His two chamberlains
Will I with wine and wassail so convince
That memory, the warder of the brain,
Shall be a fume.

2. To overcome by argument; to force to yield assent to truth; to satisfy by proof.

Such convincing proofs and assurances of it as might enable them to convince others.

3. To confute; to prove the fallacy of. [Obs.]

God never wrought miracle to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it.

4. To prove guilty; to convict. [Obs.]

Which of you convinceth me of sin?
John viii. 46.

Seek not to convince me of a crime
Which I can ne'er repent, nor you can pardon.

Syn. — To persuade; satisfy; convict. — To Convince, persuade. To convince is an act of the understanding; to persuade, of the will or feelings. The one is effected by argument, the other by motives. There are cases, however, in which persuade may seem to be used in reference only to the assent of the understanding; as when we say, I am persuaded it is so; I can not persuade myself of the fact. But in such instances there is usually or always a degree of awakened feeling which has had its share in producing the assent of the understanding.

(Con*vince"ment) n. Act of convincing, or state of being convinced; conviction. [R.]

The fear of a convincement.

(Con*vin"cer) n. One who, or that which, convinces; one who wins over by proof.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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