guilt

[ gilt ]
/ gɪlt /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. guillemot,
  2. guilloche,
  3. guillotine,
  4. guillén,
  5. guillén, jorge,
  6. guilt by association,
  7. guilt trip,
  8. guilt-trip,
  9. guiltiness,
  10. guiltless

Origin of guilt

before 1000; Middle English gilt, Old English gylt offense

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Related formsnon·guilt, nounpre·guilt, noun

Can be confusedgild gilt guild guilt

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Examples from the Web for guilted

  • 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 guilted

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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Word Origin and History for guilted
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