guilt


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to guilt: gilt

guilt

noun blame, blameworthiness, breach of law, censurability, corruption, crime, criminal activity, criminal deed, criminal offense, criminality, criminousness, culpa, delict, delinquency, deviation from rectitude, fault, felonious conduct, ill conduct, immorality, improbity, improper conduct, iniquity, law-breaking, malefaction, malfeasance, malpractice, misbehavior, misconduct, misdeed, misdemeanor, misdoing, misfeasance, misprision, noxia, offense, offense against the law, offensiveness, official misconduct, peccancy, reprehensibility, reproach, sin, sinfulness, transgression, turpitude, unlawful practice, unrighteousness, vice, viciousness, violation, violation of law, vitium, wrong, wrongdoing
Associated concepts: admission of guilt, finding of guilt, guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, guilt by association, nolo contendre, presumption of innocence
Foreign phrases: Cum par delictum est duorum, semper oneratur petitor et melior habetur possessoris causa.When there is equal fault on both sides, the burden is allays placed on the plaintiff, and the cause of the possessor is preferred. Quae sunt minoris culpae sunt majoris infamiae. Those things which are less culpable may be more infamous. Poenae suos tenere debet actores et non alios. Punishment belongs to the guilty, and not othhrs. Excusat aut extenuat delictum in capitalibus quod non operatur idem in civilibus. That excuses or extenuutes a wrong in capital cases which would not have the same effect in civil suits.
See also: blame, criminality, culpability

guilt

responsibility for a criminal or moral offence deserving punishment or a penalty.

GUILT, crim. law. That quality which renders criminal and liable to punishment; or it is that disposition to violate the law, which has manifested itself by some act already done. The opposite of innocence. Vide Rutherf. Inst. B. 1, c. 18, s. 10.
     2. In general everyone is presumed innocent until guilt has been proved; but in some cases the presumption of guilt overthrows that of innocence; as, for example, where a party destroys evidence to which the opposite party is entitled. The spoliation of papers, material to show the neutral character of a vessel, furnishes strong presumption against the neutrality of the ship. 2 Wheat. 227. Vide Spoliation.

References in periodicals archive ?
It's the nudge of guilt that sends us in the direction of rectifying the hurt.
In addressing and assessing guilt in veterans at risk of suicide, clinicians should try to recognize the source and clinical implications of this emotion.
The study found that people who feel guilty are motivated to improve even in areas unrelated to the original source of their guilt.
The top barriers for moms and dads were lack of time and guilt.
So for Nietzsche guilt and bad conscience are not existential givens that we can do nothing about.
Admitting we are guilty sinners leads us to repentance to God in which we receive his forgiveness, the removal of that guilt and the blessed freedom to live for his glory enjoying his wonderful promises.
A key characteristic of OCD is believing that negative thoughts will become a reality, leading to a spiralling build-up of anxiety and guilt.
Of course guilt complexes are not limited to the German postwar psyche and reach much further back.
They said that guilt is important because it plays a role in regulating our moral behaviour and can help people correct their mistakes and prevent future wrongdoing.
Shame and guilt have also been found to have different impacts on psychological adjustments and psychopathologies.
Overcome with guilt, her secret crumbled and she ended up confessing her sin.
The emotional or cognitive experience I'm tip toeing around here is guilt, our internal barometer of checks and balances, moral and pro social behaviour, and the relentless little voice that reminds us to call our relatives more often as well as stopping us from eating the 65th Maltesers.