What does guilty mean?

Definitions for guilty
ˈgɪl tiguilty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. guiltyadjective

    responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act

    "guilty of murder"; "the guilty person"; "secret guilty deeds"

  2. guilty, hangdog, shamefaced, shamedadjective

    showing a sense of guilt

    "a guilty look"; "the hangdog and shamefaced air of the retreating enemy"- Eric Linklater


  1. guiltynoun

    A plea by a defendant who does not contest a charge.

  2. guiltynoun

    A verdict of a judge or jury on a defendant judged to have committed a crime.

  3. guiltyadjective

    Responsible for a dishonest act.

    He was guilty of cheating at cards.

  4. guiltyadjective

    Judged to have committed a crime.

    The guilty man was led away.

  5. guiltyadjective

    Having a sense of guilt

    Do you have a guilty conscience?

  6. guiltyadjective


    I have a guilty secret.

  7. Etymology: From gilty, gulty, from gyltig, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GUILTYadjective

    Etymology: giltig, Saxon, one condemned to pay a fine for an offence.

    Is there not a ballad of the king and the beggar?
    —— The world was guilty of such a ballad some three ages since. William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour Lost.

    Mark’d you not
    How that the guilty kindred of the queen
    Look’d pale, when they did hear of Clarence' death? William Shakespeare.

    We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul when he besought us, and we would not hear. Gen. xlii. 21.

    With mortal hatred I pursu’d his life,
    Nor he, nor you, were guilty of the strife;
    Nor I, but as I lov’d; yet all combin’d,
    Your beauty and my impotence of mind. Dryden.

    Farewel the stones
    And threshold, guilty of my midnight moans. Dryden.

    There is no man, that is knowingly wicked, but is guilty to himself; and there is no man, that carries guilt about him, but he receives a sting into his soul. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    All the tumult of a guilty world,
    Tost by ungenerous passion, sinks away. James Thomson, Spring.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Guilty

    having incurred guilt; criminal; morally delinquent; wicked; chargeable with, or responsible for, something censurable; justly exposed to penalty; -- used with of, and usually followed by the crime, sometimes by the punishment

  2. Guilty

    evincing or indicating guilt; involving guilt; as, a guilty look; a guilty act; a guilty feeling

  3. Guilty

    conscious; cognizant

  4. Guilty

    condemned to payment

  5. Etymology: [AS. gyltig liable. See Guilt.]


  1. Guilty

    "Guilty" is a hook-centric song by the Finnish alternative rock band The Rasmus, originally released on the band's fifth album Dead Letters on March 21, 2003. The single was released on August 4, 2004 by the record label Playground Music. It was the last single from the album Dead Letters and also features the track "First Day of My Life". The UK version features "Guilty", "Play Dead" and the video of "Guilty".

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'guilty' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2496

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'guilty' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2272

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'guilty' in Adjectives Frequency: #319

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of guilty in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of guilty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of guilty in a Sentence

  1. Theodore Roosevelt:

    When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'

  2. Rusty Hardin:

    Deshaun Watson did not commit any crimes and is not guilty of any offenses. Now that the criminal investigations have been completed, we are happy to move forward with the civil case depositions, we will vigorously defend those cases with every ounce we have.

  3. Zhang Lei:

    He wasn't guilty of anything at all. This sentence is unacceptable and unfair.

  4. Wa Lone:

    Although we are charged, we are not guilty, we will not retreat, give up or be shaken by this.

  5. H. L. Mencken:

    If I had my way, any man guilty of golf would be ineligible for any office of trust in the United States.

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