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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need to be guilt-tripped by a Tesco employee who has absolutely no knowledge of my circumstances.
It always feels like a result if he's telling you how to tidy up some rare plant you've never even heard of because then you're off the hook for the whole weekend, but this week he's pruning his buddleia and sowing seeds for a summer display so there's a very good chance we might get guilt-tripped into digging out our gardening gloves.
Feeling guilt-tripped into actually considering the environment when making consumer decisions can be tiring, we suppose.