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guilty */*/*/
UK [ˈɡɪltɪ] / US adjective
Word forms "guilty":
adjective guilty comparative guiltier superlative guiltiest
Metaphor:
Being guilty is like being dirty, and being innocent is like being clean. Becoming more moral or getting rid of guilt is like washing. That was a very dirty trick. I don't want to know about your squalid activities. Those with blood on their hands must be punished. It is yet another stain/blot on his character. He made a clean breast of it. Her motives were pure, though nobody believed her. My conscience is clear. They have a spotless reputation. You had better clean up your act. Let's wipe the slate clean and start again. They washed their hands of the whole business.  honest
1)
a) ashamed and sorry because you have done something wrong

You shouldn't feel guilty all the time – you've done nothing to be ashamed of.

guilty about:

I still feel guilty about things I said to my mother when I was a teenager.

guilty conscience (= a feeling that you have done something wrong):

It was a clear sign that he had a guilty conscience.

b) a guilty fact is one that you feel guilty about

There goes a man with a guilty secret.

2)
a) legal someone who is guilty has committed a crime
find someone guilty/not guilty of something (= officially decide that they are guilty/not guilty):

He was found guilty of manslaughter.

plead guilty to something (= say that you are guilty):

Wright pleaded guilty to all charges.

b) someone who is guilty of something has done it
guilty of:

Patrick knew that he was guilty of lying.

This government is guilty of much talk and little action.


Derived word:
guiltily
adverb

A footstep in the doorway made her leap, guiltily, to her feet.


English dictionary. 2014.

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