Many have pointed out since that such tactics were designed to mask his guilt.
Relevant documents pointing to their guilt were all destroyed, Murmelstein says at one point.
A small child catches her mother in flagrante with “Santa” and is wracked with guilt about her cuckolded father.
Border Patrol promise: If officer is guilt, he will be dismissed 'effective immediately.'
Is Patty's guilt over her stillborn daughter Julia's death eating away at her?
Even his servant Pisanio will not believe in Imogen's guilt though his master assures him of it.
For some reason or other his feet were stone, and he felt shame—and guilt.
In this case, guilt would place for ever an impassable gulf between us.
The doctor saw his heightened color, and mistook it for guilt.
The same reason which contributes to alleviate the guilt, must have tended to abate the vigor, of their persecutions.
to make someone feel guilty, esp. in hopes of getting them to do something
He guilted her into calling her mother-in-law.
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."