Guilt (?), n. [OE. gilt, gult, AS. gylt, crime; probably originally signifying, the fine or mulct paid for an offence, and afterward the offense itself, and akin to AS. gieldan to pay, E. yield. See Yield, v. t.]
The criminality and consequent exposure to punishment resulting from willful disobedience of law, or from morally wrong action; teh state of one who has broken a moral or political law; crime; criminality; offense against right.
Satan had not answer, but stood struck
With guilt of his own sin.
Exposure to any legal penalty or forfeiture.
A ship incurs guilt by the violation of a blockade.
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