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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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The principle of guilt-revealing cleromancy is evident in drawing lots to determine the guiltiest of ten suspects in the case from the North American Dutch colony described in the introduction--God was believed to have indicated who was to be executed.
If our witness to Christ's resurrection is to be consistent, we must oppose any obstacle to that reconciliation, including the murder of even the guiltiest of those made in God's image and likeness.
College presidents are usually the guiltiest parties, since they are in the best position to authorize expenditures, and many are more than happy to use school funds to burnish their own images.
The Democrats blew a golden opportunity: health care reform should have included cracking down on the two guiltiest parties: the drug companies and the AMA-backed specialists.
One of the essayists, Martin van Creveld, is the guiltiest party.
I was probably the guiltiest person I've ever defended
We, as Americans, are the guiltiest of overusing products, and I believe this is because of lack of awareness.
Was it crass or inspired to kick off a series focusing on fat kids just as people are feeling their guiltiest after the Christmas Binge?
To hurl an insult like "self-hating" shows that one despises such teachings--so perhaps the name-callers are guiltiest of all.
The study said 57 per cent of Britons admitted their guiltiest pleasure was watching daytime TV or reality shows .
He might have been armed by the narration in order to create the narrative mutineer, the guilty soldier and the guiltiest of all the conquistadors, the one who must hold all the blame and receive all the punishment.
Bethany McLean & Peter Elkind, The Guiltiest Guys in the Room; In the End, Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling Couldn't Escape Their Own Lies.