guilt

guilt
guilt1 [gılt] n [U]
[: Old English; Origin: gylt]
1.) a strong feeling of shame and sadness because you know that you have done something wrong
He used to buy them expensive presents, out of guilt.
guilt about/at/over
Don't you have any feelings of guilt about leaving David?
He felt an enormous sense of guilt when he thought about how he'd treated her.
I was racked with guilt at my part in making her this unhappy.
Sometimes I felt little pangs of guilt .
2.) the fact that you have broken an official law or moral rule
≠ ↑innocence
He made no attempt to deny his guilt.
3.) responsibility and blame for something bad that has happened
guilt for
Guilt for poorly behaved children usually lies with the parents.
4.) be on a guilt trip informal
to have a feeling of guilt about something when it is unreasonable
5.) lay a guilt trip on sb
AmE informal to make someone feel bad about something
I wish my parents would stop laying a guilt trip on me for not going to college.
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
feeling/sense of guilt
consumed/overwhelmed/racked with/by guilt (=feeling very guilty)
pang/twinge/stab of guilt (=a sudden feeling of guilt)
guilt complex (=when you cannot stop feeling very guilty)
burden of guilt (=a strong feeling of guilt)
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guilt 2
guilt2 v
guilt into [guilt sb into sth] phr v
to make someone feel guilty, so they will do what you want
guilt sb into doing sth
Her parents guilted her into not going to the concert.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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