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adjective British English pronunciation: guilty /ˈɡɪlti/ 
Word Forms
  1. 1
    ashamed and sorry because you have done something wrong

    You shouldn't feel guilty all the time – you've done nothing to be ashamed of.

    guilty about:

    I still feel guilty about things I said to my mother when I was a teenager.

    guilty conscience (=a feeling that you have done something wrong):

    It was a clear sign that he had a guilty conscience.

    1. a.
      a guilty fact is one that you feel guilty about

      There goes a man with a guilty secret.

  2. 2
    legal someone who is guilty has committed a crime
    find someone guilty/not guilty of something (=officially decide that they are guilty/not guilty):

    He was found guilty of manslaughter.

    plead guilty to something (=say that you are guilty):

    Wright pleaded guilty to all charges.

    1. a.
      someone who is guilty of something has done it
      guilty of:

      Patrick knew that he was guilty of lying.

      This government is guilty of much talk and little action.


derived word



A footstep in the doorway made her leap, guiltily, to her feet.

This is the British English definition of guilty. View American English definition of guilty