What does guilty mean?

Definitions for guilty
ˈgɪl tiguilty

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word guilty.

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.


  1. Guilty

    Guilty is a popular song published in 1931. The music was written by Richard A. Whiting and Harry Akst. The lyrics were written by Gus Kahn. The song was popularized by Margaret Whiting (Richard Whiting's daughter) and by Johnny Desmond in 1946. The Whiting recording was made on October 9, 1946, and released by Capitol Records (catalog number 324). It reached No. 4 on the Billboard chart. The Desmond recording was made on December 6, 1946, and released by RCA Victor (catalog number 20-2109). It reached No. 12 on the Billboard chart. An early version was featured on the soundtrack of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2001 film, Amélie, a Decca recording made on December 2, 1931 by Al Bowlly, a popular British singer of the thirties, accompanied by Roy Fox and his Orchestra. Al Bowlly also recorded the song on several other occasions. Other recordings were made by: Bing Crosby on November 7, 1931, recorded on radio, for Cremo Cigars Ruth Etting on September 1, 1931, originally issued on Columbia 2529-D (Matrix 151761-3). Charted at #4.


  1. guilty

    Guilty is an adjective used to describe a state of being responsible for wrongdoing, committing a crime, or an act that is considered wrong or unlawful. It also refers to a feeling of remorse or regret for one's actions. In a legal context, 'guilty' is the verdict pronounced when a person has been proven to have committed the crime they were accused of in a court of law.

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. William Blackstone:

    It is better that ten guilty escape than one innocent suffer.

  2. Daniel Patrick Moynihan:

    No one is innocent after the experience of governing. But not everyone is guilty.

  3. EMTSBA III - The Writing Reflex:

    A guilty conscience will get you reacting to justify your action, but a remorseful conscience will get you acting to rectify your reaction.

  4. The Kremlin:

    This is essentially a meeting of NATO countries. NATO has instructed the ‘opposition’, or rather its agents of influence, on how to continue their undermining work more deviously. we’re not going to play cat and mouse with anyone, but there’s no doubt our law enforcement agencies will hold the guilty parties to account if the law is broken.

  5. 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.

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