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Definition of "guilty" []

  • Responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act; deserving of blame; culpable: guilty of cheating; the guilty party. (adjective)
  • Law Adjudged to have committed a crime. (adjective)
  • Suffering from or prompted by a sense of guilt: a guilty conscience. (adjective)
  • Hinting at or entailing guilt: a guilty smirk; a guilty secret. See Synonyms at blameworthy. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "guilty" in a sentence
  • "_They found the man not guilty and they found her guilty_, but Judge Avery set the verdict aside and ordered the case _nolle prossed_ against her."
  • "II. i.104 (286,8) [He, who shall speak for her, is far off guilty, But that he speaks] [T: far of] It is strange that Mr. Theobald could not find out that _far_ off _guilty_, signifies, _guilty in a remote degree_."
  • "The term 'guilty conscience' would appear to imply that the person had..."