Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Responsible for a reprehensible act; culpable.
  • adjective Law Found to have violated a criminal law by a jury or judge.
  • adjective Deserving blame, as for an error.
  • adjective Suffering from or prompted by a sense of guilt.
  • adjective Suggesting or entailing guilt.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having incurred guilt; not innocent; morally or legally delinquent; culpable; specifically, having committed a crime or an offense, or having violated a law, civil or moral, by an overt act or by neglect, and by reason of that act or neglect liable to punishment.
  • Characterized by or constituting guilt or criminality; of a culpable character; wicked: as, a guilty deed; a guilty intent.
  • Pertaining or relating to guilt; indicating or expressing guilt; employed in or connected with wrong-doing.
  • Liable; owing; liable to the penalty: with of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having incurred guilt; criminal; morally delinquent; wicked; chargeable with, or responsible for, something censurable; justly exposed to penalty; -- used with of, and usually followed by the crime, sometimes by the punishment.
  • adjective Evincing or indicating guilt; involving guilt
  • adjective obsolete Conscious; cognizant.
  • adjective Obs. & R. Condemned to payment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Responsible for a dishonest act.
  • adjective law Judged to have committed a crime.
  • adjective Having a sense of guilt
  • adjective Blameworthy.
  • noun law A plea by a defendant who does not contest a charge.
  • noun law A verdict of a judge or jury on a defendant judged to have committed a crime.
  • noun One who is declared guilty of a crime.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective showing a sense of guilt
  • adjective responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English gilty, gulty, from Old English gyltiġ ("offending, guilty"), equivalent to guilt +‎ -y.

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  • adjective not noun

    March 6, 2010