[ gilt ]
/ gɪlt /
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.
Origin of guilt
before 1000; Middle English gilt, Old English gylt offense
Related formsnon·guilt, nounpre·guilt, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for guilting
/ (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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