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guilt

noun [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 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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