a reformed convict

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jdori

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Korean
Hi everyone.
What does "a reformed convict" mean?
I can't find this word in any online dictionary.

Thank you in advance.
 
  • jdori

    Member
    Korean
    Which word? "Reformed" or "convict"? And what online dictionaries have you searched?
    Oh. I'm sorry. I thought that word was just a common word that exists on some dictionary.
    The following is some scenes of a TV show that I saw that word on.

    The Office S03 E09

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    Angela: Look, we have a rebate from… the Federal Work Opportunity Program and no one knows what that means.
    Jan: We get that money for hiring an ex-convict.
    <...>
    Angela: One of the Stamford people is a criminal?
    <...>
    Jan: Uh, reformed convict, and, uh, I’m not sure. Though hang on, let me email our HR, stay on the line.
     
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    Uncle Jack

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    British English
    Someone who has been convicted (of a crime) but has since reformed.

    From reformed - WordReference.com Dictionary of English:
    2. improved in conduct, morals, etc.​
    From convict - WordReference.com Dictionary of English
    3. a person proved or declared guilty of an offense.​

    The key to the usage is that Angela calls the person a criminal, which Jan appears to see as pejorative, so Jan corrects Angela with the term "reformed convict". They are both referring to the same (as yet unknown) person.
     

    Graciela J

    Senior Member
    Spanish - Argentina
    Oh. I'm sorry. I thought that word was just a common word that exists on some dictionary.
    "Reformed convict" is not a word, but a phrase consisting of two words. Each word can be found in WordReference Dictionary as Uncle Jack posted, and I assume in any online dictionary. At least you will found them in dictionaries like Merriam-Webster or dictionary.com
     
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