Meaning of “guilt” in the English Dictionary

"guilt" in British English

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guiltnoun [ U ]

uk /ɡɪlt/ us /ɡɪlt/

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.

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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.
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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, 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.

(Definition of “guilt” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)