Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act; deserving of blame; culpable: guilty of cheating; the guilty party.
  • adj. Law Adjudged to have committed a crime.
  • adj. Suffering from or prompted by a sense of guilt: a guilty conscience.
  • adj. Hinting at or entailing guilt: a guilty smirk; a guilty secret. See Synonyms at blameworthy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Evincing or indicating guilt; involving guilt
  • adj. Conscious; cognizant.
  • adj. Condemned to payment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • _They found the man not guilty and they found her guilty_, but Judge Avery set the verdict aside and ordered the case _nolle prossed_ against her.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919

  • II. i.104 (286,8) [He, who shall speak for her, is far off guilty, But that he speaks] [T: far of] It is strange that Mr. Theobald could not find out that _far_ off _guilty_, signifies, _guilty in a remote degree_.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • The term 'guilty conscience' would appear to imply that the person had...

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  • As I reported on the Hectic Gourmet, one of my guilty pleasures besides using the phrase "guilty pleasure", is the FOX reality show, Kitchen Nightmares.

    Harmon Leon: Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares: A Guilty Culinary Pleasure

  • I only wish I could be there with them when they hear this, Mike said, thinking back to that awful moment in court when the word guilty had been repeated twelve times.

    Just Take My Heart

  • You know, I don ` t want to use the term guilty necessarily but implicated by association or however you want to call it.

    CNN Transcript Mar 18, 2008

  • Hectic Gourmet, one of my guilty pleasures besides using the phrase "guilty pleasure", is the FOX reality show, Kitchen Nightmares .

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Don’t use the word guilty in civil-case decisions.

    Essential Guide to Business Style and Usage

  • Now, you can say that you can't make a direct connection between these two events, but when you have that number of people who -- and they write things on the Web sites like I've been driven to despair or I'm suffering from depression as a result of all of the attacks on me, I'm getting 20 hate mails a day, at a certain point you have to really stop and think about what is the price of what you called our guilty pleasure of right now is just kind of been, you know, circus performers for us, what is now regular entertainment that used to be filled by trained actors and is now just regular folks.

    CNN Transcript Jun 1, 2009

  • The fact that that police report was enough for this guy to plead guilty is scary.

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  • adjective not noun

    March 6, 2010