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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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Wicketkeeper Matt Prior was the guiltiest party in the rain-affected draw in Galle this past week as the tourists missed more than half a dozen chances.
Wicketkeeper Matt Prior was the guiltiest party in the draw in Galle as the tourists missed half-a-dozen chances.
But they turned in a brave display and could have snatched victory late on with 12 second-half wides costly and Owen Mulligan guiltiest.
the year's guiltiest pleasure (probably a little more emphasis on ``guilty'' than ``pleasure''), its fall lineup nose-dived in breathtaking fashion.
Paddy Dowd and Martin Brady were guiltiest in the first half, shooting two awful wides, while goalkeeper Damien Sheridan was wide with two 45-metre frees.
EXPLORING somebody else's home from the comfort of your armchair is the TV viewer's guiltiest pleasure, and a new series invites the public over the threshold of some of Wales' historical treasures.
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Labour - with the biggest army - is the guiltiest and the laziest.
2 is the percentage of women who admitted that drinking too much at the weekend was one of their guiltiest pleasures, according to research carried out by WeightWatchers Iced Desserts.