• WordNet 3.6
    • n guilt remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense
    • n guilt the state of having committed an offense
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Guilt A feeling of regret or remorse for having committed some improper act; a recognition of one's own responsibility for doing something wrong. "Depression is often rooted in guilt which has not been dealt with in an appropriate way.""Guilt is a natural and appropriate consequence to a wrong action."
    • Guilt Exposure to any legal penalty or forfeiture. "A ship incurs guilt by the violation of a blockade."
    • Guilt The criminality and consequent exposure to punishment resulting from willful disobedience of law, or from morally wrong action; the state of one who has broken a moral or political law; crime; criminality; offense against right. "Satan had not answer, but stood struck
      With guilt of his own sin."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n guilt A fault; an offense; a guilty action; a crime.
    • n guilt That state of a moral agent which results from his commission of a crime or an offense wilfully or by consent; culpability arising from conscious violation of moral or penal law, either by positive act or by neglect of known duty; criminality; wickedness.
    • n guilt Technical or constructive criminality; exposure to forfeiture or other penalty.
    • guilt To commit offenses; act criminally.
    • guilt An obsolete spelling of gilt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Guilt gilt punishable conduct: the state of having broken a law: crime: wickedness
    • p.adj Guilt gilt (Spens.) gilded.
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  • Florence King
    “Americans worship creativity the way they worship physical beauty -- as a way of enjoying elitism without guilt: God did it.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.”
  • William Cowper
    “Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt.”
  • Simone De Beauvoir
    “Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself.”
  • Charles James Fox
    Charles James Fox
    “He that is conscious of guilt cannot bear the innocence of others: So they will try to reduce all others to their own level.”
  • Franz Kafka
    “My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gilt, gult, AS. gylt, crime; probably originally signifying, the fine or mulct paid for an offence, and afterward the offense itself, and akin to AS. gieldan, to pay, E. yield,. See Yield (v. t.)


In literature:

The sight of a solid limestone cube in the center of the cemetery gave Raoul a twinge of guilt, as it always did.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
One of them did, accordingly, admit his guilt, and the others persisted to the end in firmly denying it.
"Queen Elizabeth" by Jacob Abbott
Why have you let me know the solemn Weight Of horrid Guilt that lies upon us all?
"Ponteach" by Robert Rogers
Thee will I love, Whose blood was spilt To cleanse my soul from guilt.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
To give happiness is more than being free of guilt.
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
But you won't find it so easy to prove his guilt.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
Then the sense of his guilt, unending, ineradicable guilt, swept down upon him again and beat him and flattened him and buffeted him.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
In their insanity they confessed their guilt.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
He fumbled his hat and slouched, and looked as if he had been caught in some guilt.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
Guilt seemed written upon her white brow, for she dared not raise her eyes to mine.
"The Sign of Silence" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

While I my inward guilt suppressed,
No quiet could I find;
Thy wrath lay burning in my breast,
And racked my tortured mind.
"Psalm XXXII: Happy the Man" by Isaac Watts
Here let our hearts begin to melt
While we his death record,
And with our joy for pardoned guilt,
Mourn that we pierced the Lord.
"Hymn 4" by Isaac Watts
Vain are the hopes the sons of men
On their own works have built;
Their hearts by nature all unclean,
And all their actions guilt.
"Hymn 94" by Isaac Watts
But thou, my glory and my strength,
Shall on the tempter tread,
Shall silence all my threat'ning guilt,
And raise my drooping head.
"Psalm III: My God, How Many Are My Fears" by Isaac Watts
But thou, my glory and my strength,
Shalt on the tempter tread,
Shalt silence all my threatening guilt,
And raise my drooping head.
"Psalm 3" by Isaac Watts
My conscience felt and owned the guilt,
And plunged me in despair,
I saw my sins His blood had spilt,
And helped to nail Him there.
"In Evil Long I Took Delight" by John Newton

In news:

'The Guilt Trip,' 'Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away '.
Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen Discuss 'The Guilt Trip.
Barbra Streisand Is Seth Rogan's Mom In "The Guilt Trip".
0Jennifer Riesel admitted her guilt in a sensational murder for hire case in Herkimer County.
In a Fog of Guilt, Daring to Breathe.
However, the key to managing your guilt is by setting boundaries and keeping those boundaries .
Messages come with a not-so-subtle dose of guilt.
A man who pleaded guilty to burning several flags in Ottawa County has admitted guilt in a separate arson case.
The age of the three-martini lunch went the way of Lehman Bros, but the downtown Dallas mixology titan, The Chesterfield , has made a way for you to get totally sloshed before noon on a workday without the guilt.
'The Guilt Trip,' ' Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away'.
The Council on Crime and Justice has filed an action with the Minnesota Supreme Court asking to clarify the right to vote for individuals who have had their guilt withheld by the court on a felony level charge.
"Throws are guilt-free occasions to indulge in the season's trendiest colors," she said.
Perhaps she simply couldn't live with the guilt of knowing that she'd violated the royal family's privacy.
For the environmentally minded, these are also days of lawn guilt.
A Wake County man accused of gunning down his wife near an elementary school in August confessed his guilt to investigators according to warrants made public Wednesday.

In science:

Astrophys. J. 463, 310-319. Sloan, G.C., Kraemer, K.E., Goebel, J.H., Price, S.D., 2003. Guilt by association: The 13 micron dust emission feature and its correlation to other gas and dust features.
Presolar grains from meteorites: Remnants from the early times of the solar system
Knight, R. D. and L. F. Landweber Guilt by association: the arginine case revisited.
Evolution of the genetic code. From the CG- to the CGUA-alphabet, from RNA double helix to DNA
For instance, in the science of emotion it is known that social aspects of the emotions such as “guilt”, “pride ”, “shame ” are different co mpared to “anger ”, “depression ”, “joy ”, and others.
Patterns of Emotional Blogging and Emergence of Communities: Agent-Based Model on Bipartite Networks
The “guilt” for World War I was hotly debated for decades; in contrast to many books and articles, the Versailles peace treaty of 1919 did not blame only Germany for this war.
A Biased Review of Sociophysics