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guilty

Someone guilty has done something wrong or illegal. And when you do something wrong, you feel guilty — bad or sorry — about it.

The police are responsible for finding out who’s guilty of a crime so they can be arrested, convicted, and punished. But you can also be guilty of smaller, more legal things, like cheating on a test, breaking the rules of a game, or thinking awful things. If you’ve done it, then you’re guilty of it: so if someone asks if you have a crush on your swim instructor, you can say “guilty!”

Definitions of guilty
  1. adjective
    responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act
    guilty of murder”
    “the guilty person”
    “secret guilty deeds”
    Synonyms:
    inculpative, inculpatory
    causing blame to be imputed to
    at fault
    deserving blame
    blamable, blameable, blameful, blameworthy, censurable, culpable
    deserving blame or censure as being wrong or evil or injurious
    bloodguilty
    guilty of murder or bloodshed
    chargeable, indictable
    liable to be accused, or cause for such liability
    conscience-smitten
    affected by conscience
    criminal
    guilty of crime or serious offense
    delinquent
    guilty of a misdeed
    finable, fineable
    liable to a fine
    guilt-ridden
    feeling or revealing a sense of guilt
    punishable
    liable to or deserving punishment
    red-handed
    in the act of committing a crime or other reprehensible act
    unrighteous
    not righteous
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    Antonyms:
    clean-handed, guiltless, innocent
    free from evil or guilt
    exculpatory
    clearing of guilt or blame
    absolved, clear, cleared, exculpated, exonerated, vindicated
    freed from any question of guilt
    acquitted, not guilty
    declared not guilty of a specific offense or crime; legally blameless
    blameless, inculpable, irreproachable, unimpeachable
    free of guilt; not subject to blame
    righteous
    characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice
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  2. adjective
    showing a sense of guilt
    “a guilty look”
    synonyms: hangdog, shamed, shamefaced
    ashamed
    feeling shame or guilt or embarrassment or remorse
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