Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “guilt”

guilt

noun [U] uk   /ɡɪlt/ us  

guilt noun [U] (FEELING)

B2 a feeling of worry or unhappiness that you have because you have done something wrong, such as causing harm to another person: He suffered such feelings of guilt over leaving his children. She remembered with a pang of guilt that she hadn't called her mother.Sadness and regret

guilt noun [U] (RESPONSIBILITY)

B2 the fact of having done something wrong or committed a crime: Both suspects admitted their guilt to the police. The prosecution's task in a case is to establish a person's guilt beyond any reasonable doubt.
Compare
Guilty
(Definition of guilt from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of guilt?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Guilty, but you might be interested in these topics from the Trials and court cases topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “guilt” in other dictionaries

SMART Thesaurus: Guilty

“guilt”: synonyms and related words:

You can also find related words, phrases, and synonyms in the topics:

Word of the Day

improvisation

a performance that an actor, musician, etc. has not practised or planned

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More