- 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 guiltily
“I guess I got a little carried away in there,” I say guiltily.Lynn Sherr Remembers College Friend Nora Ephron
June 29, 2012
She dropped them guiltily as K. rose with the paper in his hand.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
"It was—well, it was Loosh—or—ah—Looshy" he admitted, guiltily.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
They both started as if guiltily, and Cutler said sharply: "To hurt whom?"The Wisdom of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
She's a brick, and I feel so guiltily aware of tricking her.Jane Journeys On
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
He was not only innocent, but deplorably—I might even say guiltily—innocent.The Way of All Flesh
- 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 guiltily
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."