What are red words?
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are morefrequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
- 1ashamed 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.
- 2legal someone who is guilty has committed a crimefind 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.
A footstep in the doorway made her leap, guiltily, to her feet.
- That was a very dirty trick.
- I don't want to know about your squalid activities.
- Those with blood on their hands must be punished.
- It is yet another stain/blot on his character.
- He made a clean breast of it.
- Her motives were pure, though nobody believed her.
- My conscience is clear.
- They have a spotless reputation.
- You had better clean up your act.
- Let's wipe the slate clean and start again.
- They washed their hands of the whole business.
This is the British English definition of guilty. View American English definition of guilty