guilt

guilt
noun (U)
1 a strong feeling of shame and sad- ness because you have done something that you know is wrong
(+ about/at): Don't you have any feelings of guilt about leaving David? | sense of guilt: He felt an enormous sense of guilt when he thought about how he'd treated her.
2 the fact of having broken an official law or moral rule: an admission of guilt | It is up to the prosecution to establish the defendant's guilt.
3 responsibility and blame for something bad that has happened: The teacher said Sonia was impossible to control and that the guilt lay with her parents.
4 guilt trip a feeling of guilt about something: lay/put a guilt trip on sb AmE informal (=make someone feel guilty about something)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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