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English definition of “guilt”

guilt

noun [U]  /ɡɪlt/ us  
the fact or state of having done something wrong or committed a crime: In the US, people accused of a crime are presumed to be innocent until their guilt is proven. Guilt is also a feeling of anxiety or unhappiness that you have done something immoral or wrong, such as causing harm to another person: She was tormented by feelings of guilt after putting her mother in a nursing home.
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