from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The fact of being responsible for the commission of an offense. See Synonyms at blame.
- n. Law Culpability for a crime or lesser breach of regulations that carries a legal penalty.
- n. Remorseful awareness of having done something wrong.
- n. Self-reproach for supposed inadequacy or wrongdoing.
- n. Guilty conduct; sin.
- transitive v. To make or try to make (someone) feel guilty.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To commit offenses; act criminally.
- v. To cause someone to feel guilt, particularly in order to influence their behaviour.
- n. Responsibility for wrongdoing.
- n. Awareness of having done wrong.
- n. The fact of having done wrong.
- n. The state of having been found guilty or admitted guilt in legal proceedings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The criminality and consequent exposure to punishment resulting from willful disobedience of law, or from morally wrong action; the state of one who has broken a moral or political law; crime; criminality; offense against right.
- n. Exposure to any legal penalty or forfeiture.
- n. A feeling of regret or remorse for having committed some improper act; a recognition of one's own responsibility for doing something wrong.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fault; an offense; a guilty action; a crime.
- n. That state of a moral agent which results from his commission of a crime or an offense wilfully or by consent; culpability arising from conscious violation of moral or penal law, either by positive act or by neglect of known duty; criminality; wickedness.
- n. Technical or constructive criminality; exposure to forfeiture or other penalty.
- To commit offenses; act criminally.
- An obsolete spelling of gilt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of having committed an offense
- n. remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense
Middle English gilt, from Old English gylt, crime.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gilten, gylten, from Old English gyltan ("to commit sin, be guilty"), from gylt ("guilt, sin, offense, crime, fault"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English gilt, gult, from Old English gylt ("guilt, sin, offense, crime, fault"), of obscure origin. Perhaps connected with Old English ġieldan ("to yield, pay, pay for, reward, requite, render, worship, serve, sacrifice to, punish"). See yield. (Wiktionary)