Definition of guilt complex in English:

guilt complex


  • An obsession with the idea of having done wrong.

    ‘the Catholic guilt complex’
    • ‘You've got amnesia, and you've got a guilt complex, and you don't know if you are coming or going from some place.’
    • ‘‘They have a guilt complex about the Highlander - a perception of social injustice that is actually pretty far removed from contemporary crofting’.’
    • ‘Its strength has been to exploit the guilt complex of western citizens, posing as a vehicle of material improvement for poor countries and as a forum of world ‘peace’, while cynically pursuing its supremely selfish agenda.’
    • ‘‘I had a family at home, two boys starting to grow up, and I was getting a guilt complex about not being there with them,’ he says.’
    • ‘And a new guilt complex has penetrated many of our psyches.’