guilt into


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.
to cause to feel guilty (often followed by out or into ): She totally guilted me out, dude. He guilted me into picking up the tab. See also guilt-trip.

before 1000; Middle English gilt, Old English gylt offense

nonguilt, noun
preguilt, noun

gild, gilt, guild, guilt.

3. criminality.

1. innocence. Unabridged
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guilt (ɡɪlt)
1.  the fact or state of having done wrong or committed an offence
2.  responsibility for a criminal or moral offence deserving punishment or a penalty
3.  remorse or self-reproach caused by feeling that one is responsible for a wrong or offence
4.  archaic sin or crime
[Old English gylt, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. gylt "crime, sin, fault, fine," of unknown origin, though some suspect a connection to O.E. gieldan "to pay for, debt," but O.E.D. editors find this "inadmissible phonologically." The mistaken use for "sense of guilt" is first recorded 1690. Guilt by association first recorded 1941. Guilty is from
O.E. gyltig, from gylt.
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