guilt trip

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guilt trip

n. Informal
A usually prolonged feeling of guilt or culpability.
lay a guilt trip on
To make or try to make (someone) feel guilty.
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guilt′ trip`

Informal. a feeling of guilt or responsibility, esp. one not justified by reality.


v.t. -tripped, -trip•ping.
Informal. to attempt to instill a guilt trip in; play upon the guilt feelings of.
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Noun1.guilt trip - remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense
compunction, remorse, self-reproach - a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
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"
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Those guilt trips are yours to bear!' And so at every railway station, watch old men and women, who've served this country well, brought up children through hard work, now, struggling with hardly any income, glancing with guilty eyes at their railway ticket, reeling under a burden of guilt the government has so callously thrust on them, while they themselves ride guilt free despite their guilt filled activities..!
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It's time those scientists who share similar doubts on the subject offer alternative explanations and put an end to scare tactics, guilt trips, anti-capitalist propaganda and references to bicycling!
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