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
Wozniak pleaded not guilty, and the charges were dismissed Dec. 15, according to court records.
Caceres pleaded guilty to simple assault four months later.
For the third time, a DeKalb County man has been found guilty of killing his wife in 2010, officials said.
In an agreement with the prosecutor’s office, Jaylin pleaded guilty to manslaughter and to a charge of second-degree theft in connection with a welfare fraud case.
Some of this testimony has come from David Wildstein, a former Port Authority official who has pleaded guilty to participating in the lane closures and is cooperating with the government.
The criminal-background question that Common App asks is: Have you ever been adjudicated guilty or convicted of a misdemeanor, felony, or other crime?
A trial was held over the summer; the one man who was charged was found not guilty.
As the jury forewoman read each guilty count in a clear, solemn voice, Libby was impassive, remaining seated at the defense table, gazing straight ahead with hands crossed.
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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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