Meaning of “guilty” in the English Dictionary

"guilty" in English

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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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adverb uk /ˈɡɪl.təl.i/ us /ˈɡɪl.təl.i/

"I don't know where your money is!" she exclaimed guiltily.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈɡɪl.ti.nəs/ us /ˈɡɪl.ti.nəs/

(Definition of “guilty” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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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