What does guilt mean?

Definitions for guiltgɪlt

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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


  1. Guilt(n.)

    A feeling of regret or remorse for having committed some improper act; a recognition of one's own responsibility for doing something wrong.

  2. Origin: [OE. gilt, gult, AS. gylt, crime; probably originally signifying, the fine or mulct paid for an offence, and afterward the offense itself, and akin to AS. gieldan to pay, E. yield. See Yield, v. t.]

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

  3. Origin: [OE. gilt, gult, AS. gylt, crime; probably originally signifying, the fine or mulct paid for an offence, and afterward the offense itself, and akin to AS. gieldan to pay, E. yield. See Yield, v. t.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Guilt

    gilt, n. punishable conduct: the state of having broken a law: crime: wickedness.—adv. Guilt′ily.—n. Guilt′iness.—adj. Guilt′less, free from crime: innocent.—adv. Guilt′lessly.—n. Guilt′lessness.—adj. Guilt′y, justly chargeable with a crime: wicked: pertaining to guilt.—adv. Guilt′y-like (Shak.), guiltily.—Guilty of (sometimes in B.), deserving. [Orig. a payment or fine for an offence; A.S. gylt, guilt—gildan, to pay, to atone.]

  2. Guilt

    gilt, p.adj. (Spens.) gilded.

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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of guilt in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of guilt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kwon Oh-bok:

    It shouldn't be a case of guilt by association. The families of the crew can't be blamed.

  2. Bert Vogelstein:

    This causes a tremendous amount of guilt, we don't need to add guilt to an already tragic situation.

  3. Lao Tzu:

    There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is not greater disaster than greed.

  4. Michael Bilello:

    Cosby's looking at the same sentence, bill Cosby's looking at this overshadowing everything Bill Cosby's done simply because there is guilt by assumption.

  5. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt.

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