[ 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
Like a 2019 version of a Tamagotchi, it’s habit formation by guilt trip.Can habit-tracking apps help bring some routine back to our quarantine lives?|Nisha Chittal|January 1, 2021|Vox
In the silence, your guilt at having done nothing grew into a determination to do something.Dark spaces on the map|Katie McLean|December 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Probably, but so much fun because it was science for sheer pleasure—guilt free, worry free.Five Scientists on the Heroes Who Changed Their Lives - Issue 93: Forerunners|Alan Lightman, Hope Jahren, Robert Sapolsky,|December 2, 2020|Nautilus
I have watched the cycle of fear, sadness and guilt when I tell a patient they have tested positive.Ask Amy: Scotch and wine might lead to a problem|Amy Dickinson|November 22, 2020|Washington Post
The guilt is definitely there, because a lot of people don’t see it as essential.Beauty businesses are struggling without us|Melinda Fakuade|October 30, 2020|Vox
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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