Definitions for guiltgɪlt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the fact or state of having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong, esp. against moral or penal law; culpability:

    to admit one's guilt in a robbery.

  2. a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined.

  3. conduct involving the commission of such crimes, wrongs, etc.:

    to live a life of guilt.

Origin of guilt:

bef. 1000; ME gilt, OE gylt offense

Princeton's WordNet

  1. guilt, guiltiness(noun)

    the state of having committed an offense

  2. guilt, guilty conscience, guilt feelings, guilt trip(noun)

    remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. guilt(noun)ɪlt

    a feeling of being sorry and ashamed

    the guilt she felt for accusing him of lying

  2. guiltɪlt

    ≠ innocence

    the prosecutors who tried to prove his guilt

Webster Dictionary

  1. Guilt(verb)

    the criminality and consequent exposure to punishment resulting from willful disobedience of law, or from morally wrong action; the state of one who has broken a moral or political law; crime; criminality; offense against right

  2. Guilt(verb)

    exposure to any legal penalty or forfeiture


  1. Guilt

    Guilt is a cognitive or an emotional experience that occurs when a person realizes or believes—accurately or not—that he or she has compromised his or her own standards of conduct or has violated a moral standard, and bears significant responsibility for that violation. It is closely related to the concept of remorse.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Guilt

    Subjective feeling of having committed an error, offense or sin; unpleasant feeling of self-criticism. These result from acts, impulses, or thoughts contrary to one's personal conscience.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'guilt' in Nouns Frequency: #2024

Translations for guilt

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a sense of shame

a feeling of guilt.

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