He clearly saw himself as the master puppeteer, whether with the strings of gifts or guilt.
Many have pointed out since that such tactics were designed to mask his guilt.
Relevant documents pointing to their guilt were all destroyed, Murmelstein says at one point.
“Nobody wins when there is so much shame or guilt around the topic,” says Tina Gong.
When he admitted his guilt in 9/11, he was executed by our government.
Even his servant Pisanio will not believe in Imogen's guilt though his master assures him of it.
It was only by an effort that he shook off the vague feeling of guilt.
In this case, guilt would place for ever an impassable gulf between us.
But Uncle Lucien was so certain of the boy's guilt that he mistook his pride for impudence.
The same reason which contributes to alleviate the guilt, must have tended to abate the vigor, of their persecutions.
to make someone feel guilty, esp. in hopes of getting them to do something
He guilted her into calling her mother-in-law.
Old English gylt "crime, sin, fault, fine," of unknown origin, though some suspect a connection to Old English gieldan "to pay for, debt," but OED editors find this "inadmissible phonologically." The mistaken use for "sense of guilt" is first recorded 1680s. Guilt by association recorded by 1919.
"to influence someone by appealing to his sense of guiltiness," by 1995, from guilt (n.). Related: Guilted; guilting. Old English also had a verbal form, gyltan "to commit an offense."