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adj. guilt·ier, guilt·iest
a. Responsible for a reprehensible act; culpable.
b. Law Found to have violated a criminal law by a jury or judge.
c. Deserving blame, as for an error: guilty of misjudgment.
2. Suffering from or prompted by a sense of guilt: a guilty conscience.

guilt′i·ly adv.
guilt′i·ness n.


(in criminal law) a verdict by the court that to a moral certainty it is beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime and is responsible for the offense as charged.

Patient discussion about guilty

Q. I feel guilty about my health caring.Can things I do (or not do) as parent, cause autism in my child? I am a parent who is planning to send my child to school for the first time. : I feel guilty about my health caring. Can things I do (or not do) as parent, cause autism in my child?

A. If everyone feels guilty like you about their health, then this whole earth will hold perfect humans with complete health. I wish you the same. Autism is a biomedical disorder. We don't know if there are any things that a parent can do or not do, conclusively, will determine whether their child gets autism or not. In fact, there is no association with anything that a parent can do and their child ending up with autism. Most of the evidence right now points to there being a very strong genetic predisposition in most cases of autism, but not all.

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O my dread lord, I should be guiltier than my guiltiness To think I can be undiscernible, When I perceive your grace, like power divine, Hath looked upon my passes.
She feels guilty about leaving him to work in the launderette - and even guiltier about watching Brief Encounter with Edward.
So they're guiltier than I, Joseph took this to mean, and knew that soon he could believe it.
Perversely, the time lapse can have the effect of protecting guiltier motorists.
I do not know if Dick Cheney will be ever taken to court for war crimes; he is guiltier than Radovan Karadic, who is now on trial the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, charged with killing a hundred thousand Muslims, compared to Cheney's 1 million, along with young people from the US and western allied countries.
The key CU protective difference, the economist and executives maintained, are their willingness to work with their mortgage holders and the homeowners may feel guiltier about walking away from a credit union mortgage.
Who is guiltier of "creating the picture he wanted to see," Tripp or Wilson?
To find out more 0901 6093147 SCORPIO (Oct 24/Nov 22): If you've been blamed for something you did not do, the more you shout your innocence, the guiltier you look.
For if the Madoffs and the Kreugers of the world are guilty of operating fraudulent Ponzi schemes (and they most certainly are), the governments that prosecute them are guiltier still.
Others insist some participants in the departed mortgage boom - among them investors, banks, brokers and borrowers - are a little guiltier than others.
And strikingly, evangelical teens are not less sexually active than their non-evangelical counterparts, they just tend to feel guiltier about it.