Guilt Guilt (g[i^]lt), n. [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.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Satan had not answer, but stood struck With guilt of his own sin. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Exposure to any legal penalty or forfeiture. [1913 Webster]

A ship incurs guilt by the violation of a blockade. --Kent. [1913 Webster]

3. 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.'' [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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