Synonyms & Antonyms of guilty

suffering from or expressive of a feeling of responsibility for wrongdoing
  • she was burdened with a guilty conscience after ignoring the stranger's request for help

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How is the word guilty different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of guilty are blamable, blameworthy, and culpable. While all these words mean "deserving reproach or punishment," guilty implies responsibility for or consciousness of crime, sin, or, at the least, grave error or misdoing.

guilty of a breach of etiquette

How are the words blameworthy and blamable related as synonyms of guilty?

Both blameworthy and blamable apply to any degree of reprehensibility.

conduct adjudged blameworthy

an accident for which no one is blamable

When could culpable be used to replace guilty?

The words culpable and guilty are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, culpable is weaker than guilty and is likely to connote malfeasance or errors of ignorance, omission, or negligence.

culpable neglect

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The first known use of guilty was before the 12th century

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“Guilty.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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