guilt

[ gilt ]
/ gɪlt /

noun

the fact or state of having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong, especially against moral or penal law; culpability: He admitted his guilt.
a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined.
conduct involving the commission of such crimes, wrongs, etc.: to live a life of guilt.

verb (used with object) Informal.

to cause to feel guilty (often followed by out or into): She totally guilted me out, dude. He guilted me into picking up the tab.See also guilt-trip.

Origin of guilt

before 1000; Middle English gilt, Old English gylt offense

OTHER WORDS FROM guilt

non·guilt, nounpre·guilt, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH guilt

gild gilt guild guilt
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British Dictionary definitions for guilt

guilt
/ (ɡɪlt) /

noun

the fact or state of having done wrong or committed an offence
responsibility for a criminal or moral offence deserving punishment or a penalty
remorse or self-reproach caused by feeling that one is responsible for a wrong or offence
archaic sin or crime

Word Origin for guilt

Old English gylt, of obscure origin
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