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"guilt" in British English

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guiltnoun [U]

uk   us   /ɡɪlt/
  • guilt noun [U] (FEELING)

B2 a ​feeling of ​worry or ​unhappiness that you have because you have done something ​wrong, such as ​causingharm 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.

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  • guilt noun [U] (RESPONSIBILITY)

B2 the ​fact of having done something ​wrong or ​committed a ​crime: Both ​suspects admittedtheir guilt to the ​police. The prosecution's ​task in a ​case is to establish a person's guilt beyond any ​reasonabledoubt.
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(Definition of guilt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"guilt" in American English

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guiltnoun [U]

 us   /ɡɪlt/
the ​fact or ​state of having done something ​wrong or ​committed a ​crime: In the US, ​peopleaccused 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 ​nursinghome.
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