guilt-trip

verb
\ ˈgil(t)-ˌtrip How to pronounce guilt-trip (audio) \
guilt-tripped; guilt-tripping; guilt-trips

Definition of guilt-trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause feelings of guilt in (someone) : to try to manipulate the behavior of (someone) by causing feelings of guilt : guilt How often have we been guilt-tripped into giving people generic birthday greetings on their walls even if they are just casual acquaintances?— Michael Grothaus

guilt trip

noun
plural guilt trips

Definition of guilt trip (Entry 2 of 2)

: an instance of feeling guilty : a feeling of guilt or blame caused especially by another person's comment or accusation give someone a guilt trip [=make someone feel guilty] "You haven't talked to her in weeks, Mona." "Thanks for the guilt trip."— Armistead Maupin "My waiter asked 'Now, do we want straws OR do we want to save the turtles?' and honestly we all deserve that environmental guilt trip"…— Rebekah White I cheated in school—and I cheated myself … I knew it was wrong. I was already on a serious guilt trip.— Art Schlichter et al.

Other Words from guilt-trip

Verb

guilt-tripping noun
Americans may be susceptible to moral and religious guilt-tripping, but they don't want a theocracy. — Ellen Willis

First Known Use of guilt-trip

Verb

1974, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Guilt-trip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guilt-trip. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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