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a. The fact of being responsible for the commission of an offense; moral culpability: The investigation uncovered the suspect's guilt.
b. Law The fact of having been found to have violated a criminal law; legal culpability: The jury's job is to determine the defendant's guilt or innocence.
c. Responsibility for a mistake or error: The guilt for the book's many typos lies with the editor.
2. Remorseful awareness of having done something wrong or violating a rule: Do you feel any guilt for forgetting my birthday? The dieter felt guilt for snacking between meals.
tr.v. guilted, guilting, guilts
1. To make or try to make (someone) feel guilty: My roommate guilted me for forgetting to wash the dishes.
2. To cause (someone) to do something by arousing feelings of guilt: My roommate guilted me into washing the dishes.
Etymology: AS, gylt, delinquency
a feeling caused by tension between the ego and superego when one falls below the standards set for oneself, or a remorseful awareness of having done something wrong.