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.

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
(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

Word of the Day

see the light of day

When something sees the light of day, it appears for the first time.

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More