Definition of guilty
1 : justly chargeable with or responsible for a usually grave breach of conduct or a crime
2 obsolete : justly liable to or deserving of a penalty
3 a : suggesting or involving guilt b : aware of or suffering from guilt <guilty consciences>
guiltilyplay \-tə-lē\ adverb
guiltinessplay \-tē-nəs\ noun
Examples of guilty in a sentence
Do you think he's innocent or guilty?
Will the defendant plead guilty or not guilty?
The children exchanged guilty looks.
He was acting like someone with a guilty conscience.
There's no need to feel guilty about it.
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of guilty
before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of guilty
GUILTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of guilty for English Language Learners
: responsible for committing a crime or doing something bad or wrong
: showing that you know you have done something bad or wrong
: feeling bad because you have done something bad or wrong or because you believe you have done something bad or wrong
GUILTY Defined for Kids
Definition of guilty for Students
1 : responsible for having done wrong
2 : suffering from or showing bad feelings about having done wrong <I feel guilty about lying.>
Legal Definition of guilty
1 : having committed a crime : justly charged with a specified crime <guilty of larceny>
2 : involving guilt or culpability<guilty knowledge>
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