- 1The fact of having committed a specified or implied offense or crime: it is the duty of the prosecution to prove the prisoner’s guiltMore example sentences
- 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 done wrong or failed in an obligation: he remembered with sudden guilt the letter from his mother that he had not yet readMore example sentences
- 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.
verb[with object] • informal Back to top
- Make (someone) feel guilty, especially in order to induce them to do something: Celeste had been guilted into going by her parentsMore 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.
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.
Old English gylt, of unknown origin.