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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a sense of relief/panic/guilt etc
▪ We reached the medical centre with a sense of relief.
admission of guilt/defeat/failure etc
▪ Silence is often interpreted as an admission of guilt.
▪ Nothing could assuage his guilt.
pang of jealousy/guilt/remorse/regret
▪ She felt a sudden pang of guilt.
prove sb's guilt/innocence
▪ There was no way she could prove her innocence.
▪ Right and wrong must be standardised, or there will always be people who have the burden of guilt complexes.
▪ No do-goody laying on a guilt trip.
▪ Linkworth refused to admit his guilt.
▪ Legal experts predict that McVeigh is unlikely to get a new trial because he has admitted guilt.
▪ Last week, Lee admitted his guilt on a single felony count.
▪ Gingrich agreed to the penalty Dec. 20 as part of a deal in which he admitted guilt.
▪ If she admitted it, guilt had played a part in her grief.
▪ All six defendants agreed to settle the allegations without admitting or denying guilt.
▪ If the evil characters are not punished per se they admit their guilt and often beg forgiveness.
▪ The princess was let free on six months' unsupervised probation and admitted no guilt.
▪ Above all, affirmative action assuages white guilt.
▪ Ill health removed the pleasures of dissipation for him, and there was nothing to assuage his guilt and regret.
▪ Or assuage the guilt for abandoning that traditional ideal.
▪ This itself suggests that such findings assuage some sense of guilt.
▪ Either somebody set the Collingridges up, or the Prime Minister of this country has established his guilt by falsifying evidence.
▪ Mr. Pollard says a complete overhaul of the system is needed, to establish guilt and innocence and find the truth.
▪ Without forcing him to account for the funds, it will be hard to establish any guilt.
▪ Strangely, I felt no guilt about Menzies's plight.
▪ He felt some guilt at first, which bothered him, but he also found satisfaction in it.
▪ As the recent months had passed, and as Louise had sickened, he felt the guilt more frequently.
▪ The only negative feeling was a guilt for being able to do this.
▪ At the same time, she felt a creeping guilt about Matthew.
▪ Sometimes parents feel some embarrassment and guilt toward defiant or stubborn aspects of themselves.
▪ She wouldn't feel one twitch of guilt if it wasn't for Miss Phoebe.
▪ He felt no sense of guilt in the betrayal of personal confidence.
▪ The temptation is to concentrate on trying to find some way of proving Fred's guilt or innocence.
▪ It means only that prosecutors failed to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, he said.
▪ Most laws against corporate criminal behaviour require that intention be proved before guilt can be established.
▪ He said there were times when the bureau pressured him to prove guilt in some cases rather than just test evidence.
▪ No actual objects that could prove guilt.
▪ If Liza had been racked by guilt, now, in a way, so was she.
▪ Among them was Carmen Azzopardi, who had been racked with guilt after turning down a request from Bernadette to mind Farrah.
▪ I did some bad stuff to some people to prove myself, but I was racked with guilt.
▪ Men too suffer the pangs of guilt - although they have not yet become as expert as women.
▪ The killers of that race had never suffered from their guilt and sought to be made clean.
▪ Therefore two suffer for the guilt of one.
▪ Although the baby-swop case was tragic, I bet the staff involved will suffer guilt for the rest of their lives.
▪ They suffered years of guilt and dissimulation before they could announce their own agnosticism or adamant disbelief.
▪ Some observers said Jones would be likely to suffer from guilt by association and the tarnishing of her golden girl image.
▪ Babies are not born suffering from chronic guilt, anger of any other of the destructive emotions.
(the word) failure/guilt/compromise etc is not in sb's vocabulary
a twinge of guilt/envy/sadness/jealousy etc
▪ Carew felt a twinge of envy.
▪ Romanov felt a twinge of envy at the thought that he could never hope to live in such style.
▪ Thrilled by the beauty of the scene, she had sometimes felt a twinge of envy for the people on board.
dart of guilt/panic/pain etc
▪ She held her breath on another quick dart of guilt.
▪ The words echoed unspoken in her brain, sending tiny darts of pain through her veins.
Guilt can be a very destructive emotion.
▪ Most of the guilt for his poor academic performance lies with him.
▪ People often have feelings of guilt after a divorce.
▪ The juror was sure of the defendant's guilt.
▪ Burrows makes me feel slightly less guilty, and the less guilt, the better-for me and the children.
▪ From expectation, responsibility, guilt?
▪ I hear his words but am too exhausted by guilt and remorse to answer.
▪ Or had she cut her wrists in a paroxysm of guilt?
▪ Poor little Sophie would by now be suffering pangs of guilt for her behaviour towards me.
▪ The guilt that deprived her of her solitary pleasures had not been helpful to her children.
▪ Wanda Kaczynski is plagued by guilt.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Guilt \Guilt\ (g[i^]lt), n. [OE. gilt, gult, AS. gylt, crime; probably originally signifying, the fine or mulct paid for an offence, and afterward the offense itself, and akin to AS. gieldan to pay, E. yield. See Yield, v. t.]

  1. The criminality and consequent exposure to punishment resulting from willful disobedience of law, or from morally wrong action; the state of one who has broken a moral or political law; crime; criminality; offense against right.

    Satan had not answer, but stood struck With guilt of his own sin.

  2. Exposure to any legal penalty or forfeiture.

    A ship incurs guilt by the violation of a blockade.

  3. A feeling of regret or remorse for having committed some improper act; a recognition of one's own responsibility for doing something wrong. ``Depression is often rooted in guilt which has not been dealt with in an appropriate way.'' ``Guilt is a natural and appropriate consequence to a wrong action.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English gylt "crime, sin, fault, fine," of unknown origin, though some suspect a connection to Old English gieldan "to pay for, debt," but OED editors find this "inadmissible phonologically." The mistaken use for "sense of guilt" is first recorded 1680s. Guilt by association recorded by 1919.


"to influence someone by appealing to his sense of guiltiness," by 1995, from guilt (n.). Related: Guilted; guilting. Old English also had a verbal form, gyltan "to commit an offense."


Etymology 1 n. 1 responsibility for wrongdoing. 2 Awareness of having done wrong. 3 The fact of having done wrong. 4 (context legal English) The state of having been found guilty or admitted guilt in legal proceedings. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context intransitive obsolete English) To commit offenses; act criminally. 2 (context transitive English) To cause someone to feel guilt, particularly in order to influence their behaviour.

  1. n. the state of having committed an offense [syn: guiltiness] [ant: innocence]

  2. remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offence [syn: guilty conscience, guilt feelings, guilt trip]

Guilt (emotion)

Guilt is a cognitive or an emotional experience that occurs when a person believes or realizes—accurately or not—that he or she has compromised his or her own standards of conduct or has violated a moral standard and bears significant responsibility for that violation. It is closely related to the concept of remorse.

Guilt (law)

In criminal law, guilt is the state of being responsible for the commission of an offense. Legal guilt is entirely externally defined by the state, or more generally a “court of law”. Being “guilty” of a criminal offense means that one has committed a violation of criminal law, or performed all the elements of the offense set out by a criminal statute. The determination that one has committed that violation is made by an external body (a “court of law”) and is, therefore, as definitive as the record-keeping of the body. So the most basic definition is fundamentally circular: a person is guilty of violating a law, if a court says so.

Philosophically, guilt in criminal law is a reflection of a functioning society and its ability to condemn individuals’ actions. It rests fundamentally on a presumption of free will, in which individuals choose actions and are, therefore, subjected to external judgement of the rightness or wrongness of those actions.

“An adjudication of guilt is more than a factual determination that the defendant pulled a trigger, took a bicycle, or sold heroin. It is a moral judgment that the individual is blameworthy. Our collective conscience does not allow punishment where it cannot impose blame. Our concept of blameworthiness rests on assumptions that are older than the Republic: man is naturally endowed with these two great faculties, understanding and liberty of will. Historically, our substantive criminal law is based on a theory of punishing the will. It postulates a free agent confronted with a choice between doing right and wrong, and choosing freely to do wrong."

See also Cotton, Michael, A FOOLISH CONSISTENCY: KEEPING DETERMINISM OUT OF THE CRIMINAL LAW, 15 B.U. Pub. Int. L.J. 1 (“A substantial body of scholarship has concerned itself with the importance of free will to the theory of the criminal law. Even given the importance of the subject, the quantity of attention is surprising because of the lack of fundamental disagreement among scholars, who overwhelmingly endorse the criminal law's assumption of free will.”)

Guilt (album)

Guilt is the second studio album from Washington Heights, Manhattan rapper, Mims. The album was released on April 7, 2009.


Guilt may refer to:

  • Guilt (emotion), an emotion that occurs when a person feels that they have violated a moral standard.
  • Culpability, a legal term
  • Guilt (law), a legal term
  • GUILT, or Gangliated Utrophin Immuno-Latency Toxin, antagonistic parasites in the Trauma Center series
Guilt (1931 film)

Guilt is a 1931 British romance film directed by Reginald Fogwell and starring James Carew, Anne Grey, Harold Huth and James Fenton. In the film, the wife of a playwright has an affair with an actor.

Guilt (Nero song)

"Guilt" is a song by British dubstep trio Nero. It was released as a digital download on 22 April 2011 by Chase & Status' record label, MTA Records. This song is featured on Nero's debut studio album, Welcome Reality.

Guilt (Revenge)

"Guilt" is the fifth episode of the American television series Revenge, The episode premiered on ABC on October 19, 2011.

It was written by Nikki Toscano and directed by Kenneth Fink.

Guilt (TV series)

Guilt is a British/American mystery drama television series created by Kathryn Price and Nichole Millard, starring Daisy Head as an American student in London whose roommate is murdered. As people begin suspecting her, they start to accuse her of the crime. ABC Family gave a pilot order in June 2015, and picked the show up to series in November 2015. It debuted on June 13, 2016, on Freeform.

Guilt (The Long Blondes song)

"Guilt" is the second and last single to be taken from The Long Blondes' second album "Couples". It was released on 30 July 2008 as a limited edition 2-track 7" vinyl only.

The video for Guilt is set in a dog show. The band agreed to their suggestion to set the video in a dog show after receiving numerous literal interpretations of the lyrics. It was accompanied by one b-side called "Melville Farr" which is based on Dirk Bogarde's character in the 1961 British film Victim.

"Guilt" was well received by critics and fans alike, with some critics calling it their most accomplished effort to date. The single reached number 24 in the UK Indie Chart. The song did really well considering the lack of promotion, airplay and Dorian Cox being ill at the time of release.

"Good as Gold" is the only song by The Long Blondes not to be sung by Kate Jackson. It is sung by bassist Reenie Hollis.

Guilt (2009 film)

Guilt ( Greek: "Ενοχή" 2009) is a feature Greek - Cypriot film, directed by the Greek director - writer and producer Vassilis Mazomenos. It was awarded in 2012 with the Best Screenwriting and Best Photography award in London Greek Film Festival (U.K.) and was official selection in Montreal World Film Festival, Cairo International Film Festival, International Film Festival of India, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Fantasporto and opening film in the Panorama of European Cinema in Athens. In 2010 was Nominated for the best film from the Hellenic Film Academy. In 2010 the film received the Best Soundtrack (George Andreou) for Greek movies of the year. As Vrasidas Karalis wrote in the History of Greek cinema: "His later films Remembrance (2002) Words and Sins (2004) and Guilt (2010) received many positive reviews and international recognition; especially the last in which Mazomenos explored narrative cinema through a nightmarish and confronting story."

Usage examples of "guilt".

McIntyre contends that Turnbull forged the letter and stole the securities, then fearing his guilt would become known, committed still another crime - that of suicide, he could have swallowed a dose of aconitine while at the police court.

If, after other strategies have failed, acquiescence is deemed to be the optimum response to protect life and reduce physical injury in a given situation, it is important that the victim be comfortable with such a choice and be aware that postassault guilt feelings will probably arise.

Dostoevsky, we may adduce from such words, could well have increased his sense of guilt by blocking the possibility of turning angrily and self-defensively against an accusatory judge.

By the solemn adjudication of courts, and under the safeguards of law, the fact of guilt is to be established, and the guilty punished.

Cut Paper Wrap Stone introduces us to Ethan Ring, a character somewhat like other cyberpunk heroes in his anomie, but less hard- edged and nihilistic -- rather than burnt out and affectless, Ring is plagued by guilt and self-recrimination over his deeds as an interrogator and assassin for the security arm of the pan-European government.

And if it be true that he was a person of rank and education, those circumstances could serve only to aggravate his guilt.

As often as he is pressed by the demands of the Koreish, he involves himself in the obscure boast of vision and prophecy, appeals to the internal proofs of his doctrine, and shields himself behind the providence of God, who refuses those signs and wonders that would depreciate the merit of faith, and aggravate the guilt of infidelity.

Fathom, believing that now was the season for working upon her passions, while they were all in commotion, became, if possible, more assiduous than ever about the fair mourner, modelled his features into a melancholy cast, pretended to share her distress with the most emphatic sympathy, and endeavoured to keep her resentment glowing by cunning insinuations, which, though apparently designed to apologise for his friend, served only to aggravate the guilt of his perfidy and dishonour.

The personal guilt which every Christian had contracted, in thus preferring his private sentiment to the national religion, was aggravated in a very high degree by the number and union of the criminals.

He vanquished the monster of Libya, the president Andronicus, who abused the authority of a venal office, invented new modes of rapine and torture, and aggravated the guilt of oppression by that of sacrilege.

The free toleration of the heathen and Jewish worship was bitterly lamented, as a circumstance which aggravated the misery of the Catholics, and the guilt of the impious tyrant of the East.

The guilt of the emperor is aggravated by his long and frequent residence at Thessalonica.

But the rising sedition was appeased by the authority and eloquence of the general: and he represented to the assembled troops the obligation of justice, the importance of discipline, the rewards of piety and virtue, and the unpardonable guilt of murder, which, in his apprehension, was aggravated rather than excused by the vice of intoxication.

This deadly and incoherent mixture of treason and magic, of poison and adultery, afforded infinite gradations of guilt and innocence, of excuse and aggravation, which in these proceedings appear to have been confounded by the angry or corrupt passions of the judges.

To ease his agonizing guilt, he needed to punish himself, she realized.