Definition of guilt in English:

guilt

Syllabification: guilt
Pronunciation: /gilt
 
/

noun

verb

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  • Make (someone) feel guilty, especially in order to induce them to do something: Celeste had been guilted into going by her parents
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Phrases

guilt by association

Guilt ascribed to someone not because of any evidence but because of their association with an offender.
More 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.

Origin

Old English gylt, of unknown origin.

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