- 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 guiltiness
And the punishment must be of a degree to represent the guiltiness of the conduct.The Wesleyan Methodist Pulpit in Malvern
"You like your little bit of guiltiness, I believe," he said.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
It accused her of some guiltiness, uncommitted and indefensible.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete
Think not shame because of your guiltiness; necessity must not blush to beg.
Down-casting, sense of guiltiness, and hunger, are often best for us.
- 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 guiltiness
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."