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guilty

[gil-tee] /ˈgɪl ti/
adjective, guiltier, guiltiest.
1.
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.
2.
characterized by, connected with, or involving guilt:
guilty intent.
3.
having or showing a sense of guilt, whether real or imagined:
a guilty conscience.
Origin of guilty
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English gyltig. See guilt, -y1
Related forms
guiltily, adverb
guiltiness, noun
overguilty, adjective
quasi-guiltily, adverb
quasi-guilty, adjective
Synonyms
2. criminal, felonious, culpable; illicit, nefarious.
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  • If they had both suffered equally, reasoned the rude philosopher, it augured a quarrel not wholly or guiltily one-sided.

    The Tempering Charles Neville Buck
  • She dropped them guiltily as K. rose with the paper in his hand.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • My theory is that you have some really improper book wrapped in the paper, and that is why you so guiltily hide it from me.

    The Story of an Untold Love Paul Leicester Ford
  • "It was—well, it was Loosh—or—ah—Looshy" he admitted, guiltily.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • guiltily I handed the paper over to Stein, who turned back to the front page and started again from the beginning.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • He was not only innocent, but deplorably—I might even say guiltily—innocent.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • Then she had unfolded her plan of escape, disjointedly, guiltily, hopelessly.

    Graustark George Barr McCutcheon
  • Miss Madeline watched him guiltily as he walked across the lawn.

  • Why one does not, guiltily or guiltlessly, claim other people's baggage, I do not know; but apparently it is not the custom.

    Seven English Cities William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for guiltily

guilty

/ˈɡɪltɪ/
adjective guiltier, guiltiest
1.
responsible for an offence or misdeed
2.
(law) having committed an offence or adjudged to have done so: the accused was found guilty
3.
(law) plead guilty, (of a person charged with an offence) to admit responsibility; confess
4.
of, showing, or characterized by guilt: a guilty smile, guilty pleasures
Derived Forms
guiltily, adverb
guiltiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for guiltily

guilty

adj.

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."

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