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Synonyms for guilty
ˈgɪl tiguilty

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  1. guiltyadjective

    innocent, not guilty

  2. guiltynoun

    A plea by a defendant who does not contest a charge.

    He was guilty of cheating at cards.

    innocent, not guilty

  3. guiltyadjective

    Judged to have committed a crime.

    The guilty man was led away.

    not guilty, innocent

  4. guiltyadjective

    Do you have a guilty conscience?

    innocent, not guilty

  5. guiltyadjective

    I have a guilty secret.

    not guilty, innocent

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. guilty

    Every criminal act is illegal or unlawful, but illegal or unlawful acts may not be criminal. Offenses against public law are criminal; offenses against private rights are merely illegal or unlawful. As a general rule, all acts punishable by fine or imprisonment or both, are criminal in view of the law. It is illegal for a man to trespass on another's land, but it is not criminal; the trespasser is liable to a civil suit for damages, but not to indictment, fine, or imprisonment. A felonious act is a criminal act of an aggravated kind, which is punishable by imprisonment in the penitentiary or by death. A flagitious crime is one that brings public odium. Vicious refers to the indulgence of evil appetites, habits, or passions; vicious acts are not necessarily criminal, or even illegal; we speak of a vicious horse. That which is iniquitous, i. e., contrary to equity, may sometimes be done under the forms of law. Ingratitude is sinful, hypocrisy is wicked, but neither is punishable by human law; hence, neither is criminal or illegal. Compare SIN.

    abominable, criminal, culpable, felonious, flagitious, illegal, immoral, iniquitous, nefarious, sinful, unlawful, vicious, vile, wicked, wrong

    innocent, just, lawful, legal, meritorious, moral, right, virtuous

Princeton's WordNet

  1. guiltyadjective

    responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act

    "guilty of murder"; "the guilty person"; "secret guilty deeds"

    shamed, hangdog, shamefaced

    acquitted, exculpated, vindicated, unashamed, guiltless, clean-handed, innocent, blameless, exonerated, absolved, unimpeachable, not guilty, irreproachable, inculpable, clear, cleared

  2. guilty, hangdog, shamefaced, shamedadjective

    showing a sense of guilt

    "a guilty look"; "the hangdog and shamefaced air of the retreating enemy"- Eric Linklater

    shamefaced, sheepish, disgraced, shamed, discredited, dishonored, hangdog

    not guilty, irreproachable, unashamed, inculpable, cleared, innocent, blameless, acquitted, exculpated, clean-handed, absolved, guiltless, exonerated, vindicated, clear, unimpeachable

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. guiltyadjective

    criminal, culpable

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. guiltyadjective

    culpable, punishable, criminal, peccant, sinful

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How to use guilty in a sentence?

  1. Luiz Carlos Heinze:

    If cabinet members are found guilty they have to go. Three have fallen and more could follow. That's not a problem. Temer will still have our support because Brazil was adrift and he has set the economy on a new course.

  2. Chambersburg Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill:

    Tormenting a Borough cashier, rather than pleading not guilty to the offense in a court of law, which is his right, is not an appropriate protest in my opinion.

  3. Rich Azzopardi:

    In August Craig Apple publicly credited Tish James ’ report as evidence to pronounce the Governor guilty of an allegation he had not yet investigated, now, as Tish James ' prepares to announce Tish James ' Gubernatorial run, Tish James ' returned the favor, using Sherif Apple's conveniently timed move to validate Tish James ' sham report — here politics is validating politics, what's missing is facts and the law.

  4. Tucker Carlson:

    Whatever you think of Matt Gaetz, whatever you’ve heard, it’s pretty simple. If a law enforcement agency and Justice Department accuse you of a crime, they have to prove it, they do n’t just get to shut you up by smearing you... they have to take you to a court and show that you are guilty. If you are n’t really doing that, you are n’t a law enforcement agency, they are more like a secret police.

  5. Carmelita Cruz:

    I think the government is guilty. But obviously they want to wash their hands and blame those who are not responsible, in this case, my son is so young. I know him. He does not know how to use a weapon. ... He doesn't even know how to use a knife. And I think that's true of all 43 of the young people. If they had weapons, they would have defended themselves.

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