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guilt

responsibility for a criminal or moral offence deserving punishment or a penalty.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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It exists within our power, Christian or otherwise, to embrace guilt as something so linked with us that we decline to relinquish it.
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Have a Nice Guilt Trip is the unabridged audiobook rendition of the mother-daughter dual memoir by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella, touching upon suburban life, family-fostered guilt, puppies, dating, (the listener is left to judge whether the puppies or the dates are easier to train) and much more.