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Pronunciation: /ɡɪlt

Definition of guilt in English:


[mass noun]
1The fact of having committed a specified or implied offence or crime: it is the duty of the prosecution to prove the prisoner’s guilt
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  • The orders concerned were divorced from any finding of guilt for an offence.
  • It has been stressed the setting up of the advice line does not imply any guilt.
  • A reasonable man would not infer guilt from the fact of a police inquiry.
1.1A feeling of having committed wrong or failed in an obligation: he remembered with sudden guilt the letter from his mother that he had not yet read
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  • It speaks to man's most damaging emotions, such as anger, guilt, fear, doubt and anxiety.
  • In the simplest, we have robots or androids who can think but who cannot feel joy, grief, guilt or jealousy.
  • It reflects a depressing net of guilt, shame, despair and hopelessness.
self-reproach, self-accusation, self-condemnation, feelings of guilt, guiltiness, a guilty conscience, a bad conscience, pangs of conscience;
shame, disgrace, dishonour
archaic rue


[with object] informal Back to top  
short for guilt-trip. Celeste had been guilted into going by her parents
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  • Is this the diet industry's way of guilting us into weightloss?
  • Shouldn't we still be trying to educate our youth about drugs rather than guilting them into not using?
  • On the other front VP messaged me and was guilting me into a date again so I agreed.


Old English gylt, of unknown origin.


guilt by association

Guilt ascribed to someone not because of any evidence but because of their association with an offender.
Example sentences
  • Be yourself from the get-go so popular by association doesn't turn into guilt by association.
  • It is a useful tactic to lump liberals (in the classic sense i.e. libertarians), fascists, and conservatives in the same camp so opponents can be misrepresented and dismissed through guilt by association.
  • ‘Associates with known gang members’ (who could, of course, be relatives or neighbors) is clearly guilt by association.

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