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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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s narrative--two guys attempt to travel the world, giving away thousands of guiltily gotten dollars to whomever they decide deserves or needs it--begins on the cover, continues onto the inside front, and proceeds without a break until the final page.
Some of us parents who felt lucky just to get the family out the door on a Sunday morning and who were trying to keep the children reasonably quiet would clench our teeth when the doors were closed; we would exchange a roll of the eyes or grumble briefly and guiltily, feeling tom about thinking uncharitably about our fellow parishioners.
Not if you're a passenger standing by guiltily as your underwear is exposed to the assembled masses.
She chats away, offering a pep talk and sounding like a best girlfriend, as if the reader is trying to stuff her legs into a pair of jeans a size too small, or is guiltily sneaking a cigarette.
As I read the book, I kept thinking guiltily that I ought to be enjoying it more.
I stared at the towel bar guiltily I had meant to change it for a grab bar.
Vulgar Marxist criticism would view the map as at best a distorted representation of a preexisting territory or at worst as guiltily complicit in the perpetuation of that territory's unjust geography of oppression.
Also, one occasionally finds oneself wishing guiltily for a slightly more `interventionist' editorial approach.
Bereft of her invalid mother, she tries to break free of her milieu, whilst reluctantly and guiltily attendant on her mother's 82 year-old friend Mrs.
However, in my case at least, it left me guiltily aware that now that the tourist season has wound down I should probably get out there again and revisit even the best known of the churches to refresh my memory for the details.
Eliot did have her moments in later life, and not just guiltily playing the stock market.