Definition of Guilt

1. Noun. The state of having committed an offense.

2. Noun. Remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense.
Exact synonyms: Guilt Feelings, Guilt Trip, Guilty Conscience
Generic synonyms: Compunction, Remorse, Self-reproach
Specialized synonyms: Survivor Guilt
Derivative terms: Guilty

Definition of Guilt

1. n. 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.

Definition of Guilt

1. Noun. Responsibility for wrongdoing. ¹

2. Noun. Awareness of having done wrong. ¹

3. Noun. The fact of having done wrong. ¹

4. Noun. (legal) The state of having been found guilty or admitted guilt in legal proceedings. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive obsolete) To commit offenses; act criminally. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To cause someone to feel guilt, particularly in order to influence their behaviour. ¹

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Definition of Guilt

1. the fact of having committed an offense [n -S]

Medical Definition of Guilt

1. Subjective feeling of having committed an error, offense or sin; unpleasant feeling of self-criticism. These result from acts, impulses, or thoughts contrary to one's personal conscience. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Guilt

guillotine amputation
guilt (current term)
guilt feelings
guilt pang
guilt trip
guilt trips

Literary usage of Guilt

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1. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"The question still remains whether the official documents did not assert that Indulgences did remove guilt as well as penalty of the temporal kind. ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"Hence a sharper distinction between sin and personal guilt is to be followed. ... guilt is only the conscious resistance to this norm within the limits and ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1921)
"An instruction that, whether offered as the sole proof of guilt or in corroboration of an accomplice, the evidence, when alone relied on, must be sufficient ..."

4. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1905)
"The record is prima facie evidence of the guilt of said Mason, but it is not conclusive evidence. It, however, remains prima facie evidence of the fact ..."

5. Outlines of Systematic Theology: Designed for the Use of Theological Students by Augustus Hopkins Strong (1908)
"Degrees of guilt. The Scriptures recognize different degrees of guilt as ... Sin of nature involves guilt, yet there is greater guilt when this sin of ..."

6. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1816)
"The degrees of guilt, and the modes of punishment, were too often determined by the discretion of the rulers, and the subject was left in ignorance of the ..."

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