- 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.
- characterized by, connected with, or involving guilt: guilty intent.
- having or showing a sense of guilt, whether real or imagined: a guilty conscience.
Origin of guilty
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Examples from the Web for guilty
Slowly, slowly, dance classes may cease to be such secret and guilty pleasures in Iran.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
What he has said publicly is an apology for colonialism, something we are not guilty of in Cuba.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
We are all guilty all the time and retribution will come for our unnamed sins.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
If you are found by a committee of students to be guilty of violating the Honor Code, you are expelled.How UVA Is Failing Its Women
November 20, 2014
His attorney says he will be pleading not guilty at his arraignment in December.Rape, Lies & Videotape in Ferguson
November 18, 2014
I must make it clear to myself that He does not shut me out of His heart because I am guilty of sins.The Conquest of Fear
They left it on her breast, in the coffin, and it went with that guilty woman to the tomb.Other Tales and Sketches
If he had been guilty, what was that to the cruel world so ready to punish, so ready to do worse!Weighed and Wanting
But the discovery and punishment of the other guilty ones will.
The easy thing to do was to find me guilty, and let it go at that.
- responsible for an offence or misdeed
- law having committed an offence or adjudged to have done sothe accused was found guilty
- plead guilty law (of a person charged with an offence) to admit responsibility; confess
- of, showing, or characterized by guilta guilty smile; guilty pleasures
Word Origin and History for guilty
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."