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guilty

Definition of guilty

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

Adjective

guilty (comparative guiltier, superlative guiltiest)

  1. Responsible for a dishonest act.

    He was guilty of cheating at cards.

  2. (law) Judged to have committed a crime.

    The guilty man was led away.

  3. Having a sense of guilt

    Do you have a guilty conscience?

  4. Blameworthy.

    I have a guilty secret.

Noun

guilty (plural guilties)

  1. (law) A plea by a defendant who does not contest a charge.
  2. (law) A verdict of a judge or jury on a defendant judged to have committed a crime.

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