guilt vs guiltiness what difference

what is difference between guilt and guiltiness



  • IPA(key): /ɡɪlt/
  • Rhymes: -ɪlt
  • Homophone: gilt

Etymology 1

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), whence yield.


guilt (usually uncountable, plural guilts)

  1. Responsibility for wrongdoing.
    Antonym: innocence
  2. (law) The state of having been found guilty or admitted guilt in legal proceedings.
    Antonym: innocence
  3. The regret of having done wrong.
    Synonym: remorse
Derived terms
See also
  • regret

Etymology 2

From Middle English gilten, gylten, from Old English gyltan (to commit sin, be guilty), from gylt (guilt, sin, offense, crime, fault).


guilt (third-person singular simple present guilts, present participle guilting, simple past and past participle guilted)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To commit offenses; act criminally.
  2. (transitive) To cause someone to feel guilt, particularly in order to influence their behaviour.



guilty +‎ -ness


guiltiness (countable and uncountable, plural guiltinesses)

  1. The state of being guilty; guilt.
    • c. 1626, Joseph Hall, Saint Paul’s Combat (sermon)
      those speculative relapsers, that have, out of policy, or guiltiness, abandoned a known and received truth


  • innocence


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