guilt trip

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guilt trip

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

guilt′ trip`


n.
Informal. a feeling of guilt or responsibility, esp. one not justified by reality.
[1970–75]

guilt′-trip`


v.t. -tripped, -trip•ping.
Informal. to attempt to instill a guilt trip in; play upon the guilt feelings of.
[1975–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Although she was upset with her husband for not speaking with her first, she knows the real person to blame is her mother-in-law who she's sure "guilt-tripped" him into making the change.
Those calling for urgent action on the economic and environmental crises through local, equitable and sustainable solutions, should think about (or continue) voting for something rather than being guilt-tripped about splitting the vote to ensure that the least worst of the three main parties gets in.