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"guilty" in British English

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guiltyadjective

uk   /ˈɡɪl.ti/ us   /ˈɡɪl.ti/
  • guilty adjective (FEELING)

B1 feeling guilt: I feel so guilty about forgetting her birthday. She must have done something wrong, because she's looking so guilty. You've got a guilty conscience - that's why you can't sleep.

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  • guilty adjective (RESPONSIBLE)

B2 responsible for breaking a law: The jury has to decide whether a person is guilty or innocent of a crime. A person accused of a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The defendent pleaded guilty (= they formally admitted their guilt in court) to the charge of manslaughter.
the guilty party
the person who has done something wrong or who has committed a crime

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guiltily
adverb uk   /ˈɡɪl.təl.i/ us   /ˈɡɪl.təl.i/
"I don't know where your money is!" she exclaimed guiltily.
guiltiness
noun [U] uk   /ˈɡɪl.ti.nəs/ us   /ˈɡɪl.ti.nəs/
(Definition of guilty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"guilty" in American English

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guiltyadjective

us   /ˈɡɪl·ti/
If you feel guilty, you feel that you have done something wrong: I feel so guilty about forgetting your birthday.
Someone who has a guilty conscience is unhappy because of something wrong that the person feels he or she has done.
(Definition of guilty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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