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- Branded with his guilt as if he were tattooed —Henry Slesar
- Berating himself, like an orator grading his own speech —William Diehl
- Gather guilt like a young intern his symptoms, his certain evidence —Anne Sexton
- Guilt is like mothers. Everyone in the world has at least one. And it’s passed down like a torch to the next generation —Erma Bombeck This has been changed to the present tense from the original, which read: “I figured out long ago that guilt was like mothers. Everyone in the world had at least one. And it was passed down like a torch to the next generation.”
- Guilt, thick as ether, seeped into my body —Jonathan Valin
- Guilt will descend on you like London fog —Walter Allen
- The heat of shame mounted through her legs and body and sounded in her ears like the sound of sand pouring —Nadine Gordimer
- Looked as guilty as if he’d kicked his grandmother —Raymond Chandler
- Looking behind me … as guilty as a murderer whose knife drips blood —Ann Beattie
- Looks like a hound caught slipping a chop from the table —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- A sense of guilt like a scent —Louis MacNeice
- Shame crowding his throat like vomit —Jean Thompson
- The thought of the wrong she had done … aroused in her a feeling akin to revulsion such as a drowning man might feel who had shaken off another man who clung to him in the water —Leo Tolstoy
- We are all like mice: one eats the cheese and all are blamed —Solomon Ibn Vega
caught with one’s hand in the cookie jar Taken by surprise in the process of wrongdoing; caught red-handed. This expression implies that the person caught is not only surprised, but is also in possession of self-incriminating material. Though the image is that of a mischievous child atop a counter engaged in normal childhood activities, in context the phrase is often used for serious adult wrongdoing, particularly political graft.
caught with one’s pants down See VULNERABILITY.
cry peccavi To confess one’s guilt; to openly acknowledge one’s fault or wrongdoing. The origin of this expression is the Latin peccavi I have sinned.’ Both peccavi ‘an acknowledgement of guilt’ and cry peccavi date from the 16th century.
Now lowly crouch’d, I cry peccavi, And prostrate, supplicate pour ma vie.
(Jonathan Swift, Sheridan’s Submission, 1730)
dead to rights See CERTAINTY.
red-handed In the act, with clear evidence of guilt, in flagrante delicto. This term evolved from the earlier with red hand and with bloody hand.
tarred with the same brush See SIMILARITY.
with bloody hand Guilty; caught red-handed or in flagrante delicto. According to the Forest Law of ancient Britain, a man found with bloody hand was presumed guilty of having killed the king’s deer.
with egg on one’s face See HUMILIATION.
|Noun||1.||guilt - the state of having committed an offense|
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
bloodguilt - the state of being guilty of bloodshed and murder
complicity - guilt as an accomplice in a crime or offense
guilt by association - the attribution of guilt (without proof) to individuals because the people they associate with are guilty
innocence - a state or condition of being innocent of a specific crime or offense; "the trial established his innocence"
|2.||guilt - remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense|
survivor guilt - a deep feeling of guilt often experienced by those who have survived some catastrophe that took the lives of many others; derives in part from a feeling that they did not do enough to save the others who perished and in part from feelings of being unworthy relative to those who died; "survivor guilt was first noted in those who survived the Holocaust"
shame honour, pride, self-respect
culpability virtue, innocence, righteousness, sinlessness, blamelessness
"This is his first punishment, that by the verdict of his own heart no guilty man is acquitted" [Juvenal Satires]
"So full of artless jealousy is guilt"
"It spills itself in fearing to be spilt" [William Shakespeare Hamlet]
feelings of guilt → sentimientos mpl de culpa or de culpabilidad
to admit one's guilt → confesarse culpable
she was racked with guilt → la atormentaba el remordimiento