conviction[ kuhn-vik-shuhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF conviction
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Percival watched the decline with a conviction that he was dreaming.
Falling from the lips of others, they dropped with conviction into my own soul.
She spoke quietly enough, but with the earnestness of conviction.
This accusation, after soul-wearying delays, had culminated to-day in conviction.
Mary's voice came with a certainty of conviction born of fact.
Garson shook his head in refusal, but there was no conviction in the act.
I—some of our healers can dissuade the conviction of decayed teeth.
This conviction had been forced upon his mind by his experience in teaching.
In the strength of that conviction he committed a fault of tact.
He felt with all the force of conviction that he was in great danger, but he did not know what to do.
mid-15c., "the proving of guilt," from Late Latin convictionem (nominative convictio) "proof, refutation," noun of action from past participle stem of convincere (see convince). Meaning "mental state of being convinced" is from 1690s; that of "firm belief, a belief held as proven" is from 1841.
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