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If Ben was morally guilty, he was forced into his guilt by law and general custom.

It was only by an effort that he shook off the vague feeling of guilt.

He put his whole will into the assertion of guilt, to batter down the man's resistance.

But Uncle Lucien was so certain of the boy's guilt that he mistook his pride for impudence.

Whatever tends to extenuate the guilt of other sins, is an aggravation of this.

It arose from a consciousness of guilt, and a dread of merited punishment.

Uneasily, and troubled with its dream of guilt, the nation sleeps on.

How can you raise the child of destitution and guilt to your own rank?

The signs, which certainly did look like signs of guilt, struck a knell on the heart of his father.

Then why—if I am to believe you—have assumed the aspect of guilt, which you certainly have done?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English gylt "crime, sin, fault, fine," of unknown origin, though some suspect a connection to Old English gieldan "to pay for, debt," but OED editors find this "inadmissible phonologically." The mistaken use for "sense of guilt" is first recorded 1680s. Guilt by association recorded by 1919.

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