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guilty

[gil-tee]
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adjective, guilt·i·er, guilt·i·est.
  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.
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Origin of guilty

before 1000; Middle English; Old English gyltig. See guilt, -y1
Related formsguilt·i·ly, adverbguilt·i·ness, nouno·ver·guilt·y, adjectivequa·si-guilt·i·ly, adverbqua·si-guilt·y, adjective

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2. criminal, felonious, culpable; illicit, nefarious.
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Examples from the Web for guiltiness

Historical Examples

  • And the punishment must be of a degree to represent the guiltiness of the conduct.

    The Wesleyan Methodist Pulpit in Malvern

    Knowles King

  • "You like your little bit of guiltiness, I believe," he said.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • It accused her of some guiltiness, uncommitted and indefensible.

  • Think not shame because of your guiltiness; necessity must not blush to beg.

  • Down-casting, sense of guiltiness, and hunger, are often best for us.


British Dictionary definitions for guiltiness

guilty

adjective guiltier or guiltiest
  1. responsible for an offence or misdeed
  2. law having committed an offence or adjudged to have done sothe accused was found guilty
  3. plead guilty law (of a person charged with an offence) to admit responsibility; confess
  4. of, showing, or characterized by guilta guilty smile; guilty pleasures
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Derived Formsguiltily, adverbguiltiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for guiltiness

n.

late 14c., from guilty + -ness.

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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."

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