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Definition of guilty adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (guiltier, guiltiest)
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  1. 1more guilty and most guilty are more common 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.
  2. 2guilty (of something) having done something illegal; being responsible for something bad that has happened The jury found the defendant not guilty of the offense. 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 Topic CollocationsCriminal Justicebreaking the law break/violate/obey/uphold the law be investigated/arrested/tried for a crime/a robbery/fraud be arrested/indicted/convicted on felony charges/on charges of rape/fraud be arrested on suspicion of arson/robbery/shoplifting be accused of/be charged with murder/homicide/four counts of fraud face two charges of assault and battery admit your guilt/liability/responsibility (for something) deny the allegations/claims/charges confess to a crime be granted/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/advise a jury stand/appear/be brought before a judge plead guilty/not guilty to a crime be called to/take/put somebody on the stand/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 guilty/not guilty 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 sentence somebody to 5 years in prison/2 years' probation 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 13 years on death row be granted/be denied/violate (your) parole ⇨ more collocations at crime
  3. Idioms
    (as) guilty, miserable, ugly, etc. as sin (informal)
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    used to emphasize that someone is very guilty, etc.
    a guilty secret
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    a secret that someone feels ashamed about
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: guilty