guilt - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. 1
    a feeling of being ashamed and sorry because you have done something wrong

    Instead of satisfaction she felt only guilt.

    guilt about/at/for/over:

    I often felt swamped by guilt at having left my children.

    feeling/sense of guilt:

    Her husband’s death left her with an overwhelming sense of guilt.

    twinge/pang of guilt:

    She felt a sudden twinge of guilt.

  2. 2
    legal the fact that someone has committed a crime

    It now remains for the jury to decide on the defendant’s guilt or innocence.