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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·vic·tion /kənˈvɪkʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·vic·tion 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.
 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) 2.0

      n 1: an unshakable belief in something without need for proof or
           evidence [syn: strong belief, article of faith]
      2: (criminal law) 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, condemnation,
          sentence] [ant: acquittal]