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"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.
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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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