When you feel bad about lying to your husband, this is an example of a time when you feel guilt.
When you are arrested and you are sent to prison after a trial, this is an example of a time when a prosecutor has proved your guilt.
When you tell your friend over and over how sad and disappointed you will be if she does not come to your party, this is an example of a time when you try to guilt her into coming to your party.
Guilt for not having helped the injured animal.
Guilted me for forgetting to wash the dishes.
Guilted me into washing the dishes.
He didn't want to do it, but his wife guilted him into it.
Origin of guilt
- Middle English gilt from Old English gylt crime
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English gilten, gylten, from Old English gyltan (“to commit sin, be guilty”), from gylt (“guilt, sin, offense, crime, fault”).