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

How to pronounce guilt?

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How to say guilt in sign language?

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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. Vega Gil letter:

    I will say this categorically, this accusation is false, let me make it clear that my death is not a confession of guilt, on the contrary it is a radical declaration of my innocence. I just want to clear the path my son will walk in the future.

  2. Pete Ricketts:

    Catholic Church does not preclude the use of the death penalty under certain circumstances : That guilt is determined and the crime is heinous. Also, protecting society.

  3. Cathy Guisewite:

    Mothers, food, love, and career, the four major guilt groups.

  4. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff:

    The problem The House impeachment managers have is The House impeachment managers don't want to talk about the evidence, you know as a prosecutor I've seen it time and time again -- when your client is guilty, when your client is dead to rights you don't want to talk about your clients guilt, you want to attack the prosecution. It is a fairly elemental strategy. And I think that's all you're see here is that effort to distract.

  5. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre pg. 61:

    If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.

Images & Illustrations of guilt

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