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.
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 culpability<guilty knowledge>
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