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guilty

[gil-tee] /ˈgɪl ti/
adjective, guiltier, guiltiest.
1.
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.
2.
characterized by, connected with, or involving guilt:
guilty intent.
3.
having or showing a sense of guilt, whether real or imagined:
a guilty conscience.
Origin of guilty
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English gyltig. See guilt, -y1
Related forms
guiltily, adverb
guiltiness, noun
overguilty, adjective
quasi-guiltily, adverb
quasi-guilty, adjective
Synonyms
2. criminal, felonious, culpable; illicit, nefarious.
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guilty

/ˈɡɪltɪ/
adjective guiltier, guiltiest
1.
responsible for an offence or misdeed
2.
(law) having committed an offence or adjudged to have done so: the accused was found guilty
3.
(law) plead guilty, (of a person charged with an offence) to admit responsibility; confess
4.
of, showing, or characterized by guilt: a guilty smile, guilty pleasures
Derived Forms
guiltily, adverb
guiltiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for guiltiness
n.

late 14c., from guilty + -ness.

guilty

adj.

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."

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