Definition of guilty
1 : justly chargeable with or responsible for a usually grave breach of conduct or a crime Does the defendant plead guilty or not guilty?
2 obsolete : justly liable to or deserving of a penalty
3a : suggesting or involving guilt The children exchanged guilty looks.b : aware of or suffering from guilt guilty consciences
guiltilyplay \ˈgil-tə-lē\ adverb
guiltinessplay \ˈgil-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.
Recent Examples of guilty from the Web
Federal prosecutors are asking for up to 11 years in prison for Robert Bibbs, who pleaded guilty in December to a count of conspiracy to commit foreign murder of a U.S. national.
Hunter pleaded guilty on May 11 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two counts of wire fraud.
Despite his refusal to plead guilty, Spanier was convicted of child endangerment, a misdemeanor, on March 24.
The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/2rUxfLa ) reports that Criminal District Court Judge Franz Zibilich found 66-year-old Van Ballard guilty of the felony charge on Tuesday.
Courtroom Delay Under certain circumstances, such an admission could be cause for a judge to reject a guilty plea.
Defendants found guilty of subversion can face up to life in prison, although shorter sentences are more common.
McBath, who lives in Marietta, Georgia, believes the guilty will more likely escape convictions.
Ruan and his partner, Dr. John Patrick Couch, were found guilty in late February, at the end of a seven-week trial.
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Origin and Etymology of guilty
First Known Use: 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 culpabilityguilty knowledge
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