verb (used with object) Informal.
- guillén, jorge,
- guilt by association,
- guilt trip,
Origin of guilt
Examples from the Web for guilt
Guilt, when dispensed in the circumstances Morris occupied, is the anti-Viagra.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Instead of lights and gifts, this one is filled with broken promises and guilt.
Police then lied to Henry by telling him that if he admitted his guilt, he could go home.
Although often this is considered proof positive of guilt at trial, it is not an uncommon occurrence in false confessions.
Perhaps my outrage at the men defending Cosby springs from my own feelings of guilt.
It removed his guilt, hushed his fears, and filled him with joy and peace in believing.The Great Commission|C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
The image of his child, I believe, saved him many times from folly, more than once from guilt.Contraband|G. J. Whyte-Melville
I direct these lines to be transmitted to thee—an eternal proof of thy innocence and my guilt.Calderon The Courtier|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
You mean that the authorities are not convinced of my guilt, in spite of the evidence?The Case of the Registered Letter|Augusta Groner
It was not so much the question of guilt or innocence that affected her now, but the shame of it all.When Dreams Come True|Ritter Brown
Word Origin for guilt
Old English gylt "crime, sin, fault, fine," of unknown origin, though some suspect a connection to Old English gieldan "to pay for, debt," but OED editors find this "inadmissible phonologically." The mistaken use for "sense of guilt" is first recorded 1680s. Guilt by association recorded by 1919.
"to influence someone by appealing to his sense of guiltiness," by 1995, from guilt (n.). Related: Guilted; guilting. Old English also had a verbal form, gyltan "to commit an offense."