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.
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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]
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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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Despite the rhetoric and guilt-trips of those calling for a halt, they are morally and ethically correct to continue.