From Middle English gilt, gult, from Old English gylt (“guilt, sin, offense, crime, fault”), of obscure origin. Perhaps connected with Old English ġieldan (“to yield, pay, pay for, reward, requite, render, worship, serve, sacrifice to, punish”). See yield.
(third-person singular simple present guilts, present participle guilting, simple past and past participle guilted)
- To cause someone to feel guilt, particularly in order to influence their behaviour.
- He didn't want to do it, but his wife guilted him into it.
From Middle English gilten, gylten, from Old English gyltan (“to commit sin, be guilty”), from gylt (“guilt, sin, offense, crime, fault”).