adjective (guiltier, guiltiest)
- 1Culpable of or responsible for a specified wrongdoing: he was found guilty of manslaughter Williams pleaded guilty to three separate offencesMore example sentences
- She subsequently pleaded guilty to and he was found guilty of possession of cannabis resin with intent to supply.
- Whether a plaintiff is guilty of contributory negligence is a question of fact.
- Having found there was a case to answer the trial continued and we found the Appellant guilty on all 5 counts.
- 1.1Justly chargeable with a particular fault or error: she was guilty of a serious error of judgementMore example sentences
- These three reasons show that the only fault scientists are guilty of is of neglecting their public image.
- Nor should we be guilty of the error of assuming that the problem relates only to Genesis.
- In the jittery start both sides were guilty of handling errors but Keighley had the best of the early play.
- 1.2Conscious of, affected by, or revealing a feeling of guilt: he felt guilty about the way he had treated her a guilty conscienceMore example sentences
ashamed, guilt-ridden, conscience-stricken, remorseful, sorry, regretful, contrite, repentant, penitent, rueful, abashed, shamefaced, sheepish, hangdog; mortified, discomfited, distressed, uncomfortable; in sackcloth and ashes• informal with one's tail between one's legs• rare compunctious
- There is no pain like that of a guilty conscience, and bigots hate to admit they're wrong.
- History is littered with the guilty consciences of those who chose to remain silent.
- Seemingly, I would alleviate my guilty conscience by showering him with presents.
- 1.3Causing a feeling of guilt: a guilty secretMore example sentences
- I know she says the boyfriend she betrayed tipped off the press after she had revealed her guilty secret in her sleep.
- Where once it was society's guilty secret, now there is a concerted effort to trawl for and publicise any hint of racism.
- Homosexuality was his other guilty secret, which he kept hidden from public sight until he was in his seventies.
- Innocent, especially of a formal charge.More example sentences
- He has pleaded not guilty to an additional charge of taking possession of the weapons.
- He pleads not guilty to four charges of causing death by dangerous driving.
- He pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared at the Old Bailey on January 14.
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- I, too, am not exempt from guiltily indulging in an episode or more, despite my growing disgust with the whole thing.
- He bent guiltily and began re-tying his boots, a hurricane of fingers at work.
- Once they were relaxed about being seen in the garden - now they skulk guiltily, scuttling off at the slightest noise or movement.
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- No one would have any doubts about the guiltiness of the Bulgarian.
- But his heart raced anyway, as the light shifted over the torrential waves of vehicles, because there was a feeling of guiltiness in his heart, like he was hiding.
- ‘But he deserved it,’ he told himself, trying to lessen his guiltiness.