Definition of guilt
1 : the fact of having committed a breach of conduct especially violating law and involving a penalty A jury will determine the defendant's guilt or innocence.; broadly : guilty conduct
2a : the state of one who has committed an offense especially consciously His guilt was written in his face.b : feelings of deserving blame especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy : self-reproach
3 : a feeling of deserving blame for offenses Wracked by guilt, he confessed his affairs.
Examples of guilt in a Sentence
The jury determines the defendant's guilt or innocence.
His guilt in the matter was indisputable.
It was clear that the guilt lay with him.
a strong sense of guilt
She feels guilt over something that happened before she was born!
our secret guilts and insecurities
Recent Examples of guilt from the Web
Post-war guilt may play a role as Germany’s cure for its past becomes nearly as obsessive as the behavior that led to the disease in the first place.
A focus on individual innocence or guilt works to the white Establishment’s advantage.
True: Hiring attorneys is in no way an admission of guilt, and no one should read it that way.
But first, as in all criminal trials, the judge has to seat an impartial jury of men and women who will eventually decide the defendant's guilt or innocence.
For example, bringing pets to work reduced stress and guilt about leaving them at home and added to better work-life balance.
For a treat with less guilt, the Healthy Peanut Butter cookie is a flourless peanut butter flax oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips that has less than half the butter and 25 percent less sugar than the original offerings.
Expressing feelings of excessive guilt, shame or failure 9.
Garza was sentenced to 45 years in prison Nov. 18 after admitting guilt.
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Origin and Etymology of guilt
Middle English, delinquency, guilt, from Old English gylt delinquency
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
GUILT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of guilt for English Language Learners
: responsibility for a crime or for doing something bad or wrong
: a bad feeling caused by knowing or thinking that you have done something bad or wrong
GUILT Defined for Kids
Definition of guilt for Students
1 : responsibility for having done something wrong and especially something against the law He admitted his guilt.
2 : a feeling of shame or regret as a result of bad conduct
Medical Definition of guilt
: feelings of culpability especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy : morbid self-reproach often manifest in marked preoccupation with the moral correctness of one's behavior aggressive responses originating in inner guilt and uncertainty
Legal Definition of guilt
: the fact of having committed an offense especially against the law not enough evidence to establish guilt — compare innocence
Origin and Etymology of guilt
Old English gylt delinquency
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