Definition of guilty adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡɪlti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɪlti//
    (guiltier, guiltiest) more guilty and most guilty are more common Embarrassment
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  1. 1  guilty (about something) feeling ashamed because you have done something that you know is wrong or have not done something that you should have done I felt guilty about not visiting my parents more often. John had a guilty look on his face. I had a guilty conscience and could not sleep. See related entries: Embarrassment
  2. 2  guilty (of something) having done something illegal; being responsible for something bad that has happened The jury found the defendant not guilty of the offence. He pleaded guilty to murder. the guilty party (= the person responsible for something bad happening) We've all been guilty of selfishness at some time in our lives. opposite innocent CollocationsCriminal justiceBreaking the law break/​violate/​obey/​uphold the law be investigated/​arrested/​tried for a crime/​a robbery/​fraud be arrested/ (especially North American English) indicted/​convicted on charges of rape/​fraud/(especially US English) felony charges be arrested on suspicion of arson/​robbery/​shoplifting be accused of/​be charged with murder/(especially North American English) homicide/​four counts of fraud face two charges of indecent assault admit your guilt/​liability/​responsibility (for something) deny the allegations/​claims/​charges confess to a crime grant/​be refused/​be released on/​skip/​jump bailThe legal process stand/​await/​bring somebody to/​come to/​be on trial take somebody to/​come to/​settle something out of court face/​avoid/​escape prosecution seek/​retain/​have the right to/​be denied access to legal counsel hold/​conduct/​attend/​adjourn a hearing/​trial sit on/​influence/​persuade/​convince the jury sit/​stand/​appear/​be put/​place somebody in the dock plead guilty/​not guilty to a crime be called to/​enter (British English) the witness box take/​put somebody on the stand/(North American English) the witness stand call/​subpoena/​question/​cross-examine a witness give/​hear the evidence against/​on behalf of somebody raise/​withdraw/​overrule an objection reach a unanimous/​majority verdict return/​deliver/​record a verdict of not guilty/​unlawful killing/​accidental death convict/​acquit the defendant of the crime secure a conviction/​your acquittal lodge/​file an appeal appeal (against)/challenge/​uphold/​overturn a conviction/​verdictSentencing and punishment pass sentence on somebody carry/​face/​serve a seven-year/​life sentence receive/​be given the death penalty be sentenced to ten years (in prison/​jail) carry/​impose/​pay a fine (of $3 000)/a penalty (of 14 years imprisonment) be imprisoned/​jailed for drug possession/​fraud/​murder do/​serve time/​ten years be sent to/​put somebody in/​be released from jail/​prison be/​put somebody/​spend X years on death row be granted/​be denied/​break (your) parole More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  3. Word OriginOld English gyltig (see guilt, -y).Extra examples Anyone who supports terrorists is equally guilty of terrorist crimes. Company directors may be deemed guilty of a crime if their company causes pollution. He pleaded guilty to starting the fire. He was found guilty of murder. I feel almost guilty that so many good things are happening to us. I feel very guilty about leaving her. Matt and Chrissy both looked equally guilty. No one believed him guilty of this terrible crime. She has a terribly guilty conscience about it. She was certainly guilty, but the police couldn’t prove it. She was guilty of fraud. She was looking rather guilty when I came into the room. The jury voted not guilty on all counts. Everyone thought he was guilty but there was no proof. My lawyer urged me to plead guilty. She was guilty of several crimes, including assault. Under the UK judiciary system, everyone is innocent until proved guilty. We’ve all been guilty of selfishness at some time in our lives. Who was the guilty party in the affair?Idioms a secret that somebody feels ashamed about
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