guilt n [Old English gylt delinquency]: the fact of having committed an offense esp. against the law
not enough evidence to establish guilt compare innocence

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun blame, blameworthiness, breach of law, censurability, corruption, crime, criminal activity, criminal deed, criminal offense, criminality, criminousness, culpa, culpability, delict, delinquency, deviation from rectitude, dishonesty, fault, felonious conduct, ill conduct, immorality, impeachability, improbity, improper conduct, iniquity, law-breaking, malefaction, malfeasance, malpractice, malversation, misbehavior, misconduct, misdeed, misdemeanor, misdoing, misfeasance, misprision, noxia, offense, offense against the law, offensiveness, official misconduct, peccadillo, peccancy, reprehensibility, reproach, sin, sinfulness, transgression, turpitude, unlawful practice, unrighteousness, vice, viciousness, violation, violation of law, vitium, wrong, wrongdoing associated concepts: admission of guilt, finding of guilt, guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, guilt by association, nolo contendre, presumption of innocence foreign phrases:
- Cum par delictum est duorum, semper oneratur petitor, et melior habetur possessoris causa. — When there is equal fault on both sides, the burden is always placed on the plaintiff, and the cause of the possessor is preferred.
- Quae sunt minoris culpae sunt majoris infamiae. — Those things which are less culpable may be more infamous
- Poena suos tenere debet actores et non alios. — Punishment belongs to the guilty, and not others.
- Excusat aut extenuat delictum in capitalibus, quod non operator idem in civilibus. — That excuses or extenuates a wrong in capital cases which would not have the same effect in civil suits
II index blame (culpability), criminality, culpability

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) The condition of having committed a crime or wrongful act.
(2) A feeling of remorse after committing a wrongful act or failing in some obligation.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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