[ gilt ]
/ gɪlt /
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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.
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Origin of guilt
before 1000; Middle English gilt,Old English gylt offense
OTHER WORDS FROM guiltnon·guilt, nounpre·guilt, noun
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How to use guilt in a sentence
Most of Nesbo’s characters are wracked with guilt — for good reason.Jo Nesbo’s ‘The Kingdom’ is a suspenseful bundle of Norwegian noir that’s almost impossible to put down|Richard Lipez|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
It took two days to get Jacob back to preschool, causing her anxiety about his health and guilt over neglecting work.Families and daycares struggle to navigate COVID rules with germy kids|Rachel Schallom|November 2, 2020|Fortune
The culture of guilt and shame around these services weighs most heavily on providers, who want to provide a safe atmosphere as well as stay in business.Beauty businesses are struggling without us|Melinda Fakuade|October 30, 2020|Vox
In typical criminal proceedings, you accept a punishment of guilt, but you don’t have to do any public acknowledgement of what you did and frequently no apology for what you did.What the public is getting right — and wrong — about police abolition|Fabiola Cineas|October 30, 2020|Vox
Trauma survivors also have a lot of shame and guilt and self-blame.How Are Psychedelics and Other Party Drugs Changing Psychiatry? (Ep. 433)|Stephen J. Dubner|October 1, 2020|Freakonomics
In refusing to be guilted by anyone, Naheed freed up her energy to serve other women who want to exercise their agency.HONOR THIS!|Moral Courage|February 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for guilt
/ (ɡɪlt) /
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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