What does guilt mean?

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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

GCIDE

  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.

    Etymology: [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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Guilt(verb)

    exposure to any legal penalty or forfeiture

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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

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  1. Alex
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Numerology

  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

Examples of guilt in a Sentence

  1. Libby Rodney:

    The push and pull between work and parenthood is unreal, i knew it would be challenging and I read about the guilt but it's more than that, it's about boundary setting at work in environments that don't like boundaries.

  2. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    A woman in a relationship subconsciously continues to play with childish voodoo dolls manipulated with guilt. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  3. Thomas Ullmann:

    Once you separate the two phases, it becomes clear: guilt isn't an issue. It's whether he should die or spend life in prison. it is a very different analysis for the jury.

  4. The New York Times:

    Bruce just isn't a man with a double life, but a character shaped with love and exasperation, recrimination and guilt by Alison's recollection of him.

  5. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Every person has the right to throw the home rubbish in the dustbin. Similarly, the mental rubbish through prose and poetry also can throw. We say that, too, as the freedom of writing and speech. The guilt is ours, why do we put our hands, in the trash.

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