- having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong, especially against moral or penal law; justly subject to a certain accusation or penalty; culpable: The jury found her guilty of murder.
- characterized by, connected with, or involving guilt: guilty intent.
- having or showing a sense of guilt, whether real or imagined: a guilty conscience.
Origin of guilty
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Examples from the Web for guiltier
If he'd been caught in the act of borin' into the bond safe he couldn't have looked any guiltier.Torchy As A Pa
I may make myself worse an' guiltier; but unhappier I cannot be.The Black Prophet: A Tale Of Irish Famine
The guiltier Countess was joined in the accusation, and committed in April, 1616.Sir Walter Ralegh
If he returns to darkness, his darkness is blacker and guiltier than before.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians
G. G. Findlay
You have been guilty of great crimes, but you will be guiltier of a greater and a darker still.The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain
- responsible for an offence or misdeed
- law having committed an offence or adjudged to have done sothe accused was found guilty
- plead guilty law (of a person charged with an offence) to admit responsibility; confess
- of, showing, or characterized by guilta guilty smile; guilty pleasures
Word Origin and History for guiltier
Old English gyltig, from gylt (see guilt (n.)). Of conscience, feelings, etc., 1590s. Meaning "person who is guilty" is from 1540s. To plead not guilty is from 15c.; to plead guilty is 19c., though, as OED notes, "Guilty is technically not a plea, but a confession."