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adjective guilty pronunciation in British English /ˈɡɪlti/
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  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.
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  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.
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      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.

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