Definition of guilt
- A jury will determine the defendant's guilt or innocence.
- His guilt was written in his face.
- Wracked by guilt, he confessed his affairs.
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
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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