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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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  • They left it on her breast, in the coffin, and it went with that guilty woman to the tomb.

    Other Tales and Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • I must make it clear to myself that He does not shut me out of His heart because I am guilty of sins.

  • If he had been guilty, what was that to the cruel world so ready to punish, so ready to do worse!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The easy thing to do was to find me guilty, and let it go at that.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • But the discovery and punishment of the other guilty ones will.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
British Dictionary definitions for guilty

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 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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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