Definition of guilty in English:

guilty

adjective

  • 1Culpable of or responsible for a specified wrongdoing.

    ‘he was found guilty of manslaughter’
    ‘Williams pleaded guilty to three separate offences’
    • ‘Now, we know that your client pleaded guilty to a similar offence against his daughter.’
    • ‘Another convicted man who appeared for sentencing had pleaded guilty to wounding.’
    • ‘Indeed, one of the persons sued by the applicants had pleaded guilty to such a crime.’
    • ‘It is suggested that such a defendant should be regarded as being guilty of manslaughter and not murder.’
    • ‘A person who has been found guilty of a criminal offence is liable to be sentenced by the court.’
    • ‘The householder may be guilty of manslaughter and liable to be brought before the criminal courts.’
    • ‘He pleaded guilty to three other indecent assaults on the same youngster.’
    • ‘You hear judges write that the employee is guilty of contributory negligence.’
    • ‘Some defendants were found guilty on this count and sentenced either to death or to long terms of imprisonment.’
    • ‘He denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.’
    • ‘She subsequently pleaded guilty to and he was found guilty of possession of cannabis resin with intent to supply.’
    • ‘Whether a plaintiff is guilty of contributory negligence is a question of fact.’
    • ‘Having found there was a case to answer the trial continued and we found the Appellant guilty on all 5 counts.’
    • ‘From court records I can confirm that B pleaded guilty to the offence of affray.’
    • ‘It is usually said that there is no age below which, as a matter of law, a child cannot be guilty of contributory negligence.’
    • ‘He pleaded guilty to the second count of assault on the second day in the presence of the jury panel.’
    • ‘You will remember he told you he pleaded guilty to that offence; he admitted that offence.’
    • ‘You say this article carries the imputation that your client is guilty of procuring arson.’
    • ‘I was told that the husband has pleaded guilty to contempt proceedings in the Family Court.’
    • ‘He had pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial to the lesser offence of theft, but that plea was not accepted by the Crown.’
    culpable, to blame, blameworthy, blameable, at fault, in the wrong, responsible, answerable, accountable, liable
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    1. 1.1Justly chargeable with a particular fault or error.
      ‘she was guilty of a serious error of judgement’
      • ‘In the jittery start both sides were guilty of handling errors but Keighley had the best of the early play.’
      • ‘These three reasons show that the only fault scientists are guilty of is of neglecting their public image.’
      • ‘He made a strategic error and was at best guilty of political naivety, at worst of incompetence.’
      • ‘The Reds had been guilty of a few calamitous defensive errors of their own, especially away from home, this season.’
      • ‘If this is what critics meant - and still mean - by reckless, then I am guilty of that charge.’
      • ‘The French side looked agitated on the pitch and were guilty of a number of handling errors.’
      • ‘South Africans alone are guilty for this shameful marginalisation of our visual arts.’
      • ‘Nor should we be guilty of the error of assuming that the problem relates only to Genesis.’
    2. 1.2Conscious of, affected by, or revealing a feeling of guilt.
      ‘he felt guilty about the way he had treated her’
      ‘a guilty conscience’
      • ‘That put a brave face on it, but there were guilty consciences wherever you looked.’
      • ‘Soon all that was left was nothing more than a ghostly echo of a guilty conscience.’
      • ‘I always felt so guilty when she said that.’
      • ‘For a man of honour, a guilty conscience must be a dreadful, perhaps unbearable burden.’
      • ‘Seemingly, I would alleviate my guilty conscience by showering him with presents.’
      • ‘Some players do write and try to justify their dirty deeds, maybe to salve their own guilty conscience.’
      • ‘In all likelihood, he was not plagued by a guilty conscience at the time of the killings.’
      • ‘I have this guilty feeling being lucky among the people who are not affected in the recent flood.’
      • ‘The reviewer is haunted by a guilty conscience: many of us did not write down what we could have.’
      • ‘Do you think he had a guilty conscience from abusing me, and he really loved me?’
      • ‘History is littered with the guilty consciences of those who chose to remain silent.’
      • ‘It's what we tell ourselves to salve our guilty consciences as we walk on by.’
      • ‘I paused, and thought of something to make her feel less guilty.’
      • ‘I actually felt guilty and regretted making that phone call more than anything.’
      • ‘He was never rewarded with anything but a guilty conscience and a hell of his own making.’
      • ‘Now Lenny is a reformed alcoholic with a white wife, a thriving writing career and a guilty conscience.’
      • ‘He never felt so guilty in his life but for what reason… He didn't know.’
      • ‘There is no pain like that of a guilty conscience, and bigots hate to admit they're wrong.’
      • ‘Your guilty conscience is a testament to your unfailing virtue, of which you should be proud.’
      • ‘We rarely realise here in Great Britain how lucky we to lack a guilty national conscience.’
    3. 1.3Causing a feeling of guilt.
      ‘a guilty secret’
      • ‘But keeping that guilty secret is deemed to be worth it by many if they get their crucial night's sleep.’
      • ‘The packed bags remained under the bed like a guilty secret for the rest of the night.’
      • ‘Landscape is indeed the innocent party, and yet can hide the most guilty and sinister of secrets.’
      • ‘Goofing off is certainly one guilty pleasure I have perfected over the years.’
      • ‘It is only when we learn of his guilty secret and hidden background that the casting provokes deep reservations.’
      • ‘Mortensen produces a decent performance as a man that might be hiding a guilty secret.’
      • ‘Another is that it's the phantom of a woman buried in the churchyard, who died with a guilty secret.’
      • ‘The Sword and the Sorcerer is a very, very guilty pleasure for this judge.’
      • ‘I know she says the boyfriend she betrayed tipped off the press after she had revealed her guilty secret in her sleep.’
      • ‘Homosexuality was his other guilty secret, which he kept hidden from public sight until he was in his seventies.’
      • ‘I'm glad it's not a guilty secret that has ever cost me any precious sleep.’
      • ‘Where once it was society's guilty secret, now there is a concerted effort to trawl for and publicise any hint of racism.’
      • ‘Until relatively recently, those of us who bet regularly had something of a guilty secret.’
      • ‘I have often noted transits to Uranus in this house denote a time when guilty secrets and hidden vices are exposed.’
      • ‘Are roguelike games some kind of guilty, secret pleasure for those of you who play them?’
      • ‘Whenever I see that picture, I know there is a guilty secret hidden within it.’

Origin

Old English gyltig (see guilt, -y).

Pronunciation:

guilty

/ˈɡɪlti/