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guilty pleasure

Something that one enjoys or finds pleasurable but knows or feels to be bad, inferior, aberrant, or lowbrow, especially as might be perceived or judged by other people. I know these gossip magazines are trashy, but reading them on my commute home is my guilty pleasure!
See also: guilty, pleasure

a guilty conscience needs no accuser

A feeling of guilt and remorse can be so strong that it will prompt an offender to confess, even if no one is requiring him or her to do so. Gary felt so guilty after taking the money out of Bill's wallet that he confessed and returned it a day later. A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
See also: conscience, guilty, needs

feel guilty (about something)

to feel that one is to blame for something; to feel intense regret for something that one has done. I feel guilty for forgetting about your birthday. You shouldn't feel guilty about the accident. It's not your fault.
See also: feel, guilty

find someone guilty

 and find someone innocent; find someone not guilty
to decide guilt or innocence and deliver a verdict in a court of law. The judge found the defendant not guilty by reason of insanity. The jury found the defendant innocent.
See also: find, guilty

A guilty conscience needs no accuser.

Prov. If you have done something wrong and feel guilty about it, you will be uncomfortable and want to confess even if no one accuses you of wrongdoing. Even though no one noticed him eating most of the cookies, Peter felt so bad about it that he told us what he had done. A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
See also: conscience, guilty, needs

plead guilty to something

to state that one is guilty of a crime before a court of law. Gerald refused to plead guilty to the crime and had to stand trial. Max pleaded guilty to the charge and then fled town.
See also: guilty, plead
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DWD Generation: Gen Y-ers are the guiltiest of driving while distracted, with 35 percent admitting to always multitasking in the car.
After 14 years, I am still trying to quit" - Actress Sofie Grabol on her guiltiest pleasure.
Familiar flaws come back to haunt Town had plenty of play in the attacking third, where they tested Stephen Henderson on a number of occasions, but they were also profligate with their finishing, with Ishmael Miller and Sean Scannell the guiltiest culprits here after both skewing first-half shots wide.
One scene of extreme - and I hasten to add, fictional - animal cruelty prompted the guiltiest of guffaws at one point.
Many people (46 percent) feel the guiltiest related to discarding their foodstuffs given other people could have consumed it; while, nearly one third (32 percent) feel badly about the financial loss for their household when pitching food into the trash bin.
05pm As guilty pleasures go, this one must be up there among the guiltiest - and the most pleasurable.
05pm As guilty pleasures go, this one must be up there among the guiltiest - fortunately, though, it's also far and away the most pleasurable.
Not that Villas-Boas, for all his misplaced optimism in Ryan Bertrand, Romelu Lukaku and the unfortunate Josh McEachran, was the guiltiest party.
In the ICM poll for mobile services provider Gradwell, staff in their 50s and 60s were the guiltiest for answering the phone on the loo or in other inappropriate places - particularly men.
The 26-year-old star's guiltiest pleasure is to go on the pinch.
Still, best to enjoy this guiltiest of pleasures before they whittle down all the weirdos and we're just left with the decent performers because then you're left with far less to laugh at.
City also put pressure on themselves by giving away a series of needless free kicks in their own half, Elliott Ward being the guiltiest party in an uncharacteristically shaky first half for the centre-back.
In the Bible God shows that those who label others are often the guiltiest culprits.
They hatched a plan to put a hefty premium on the guiltiest pleasures in the American diet - chocolate and ice cream - even as they fattened up the price of the most essential American main course: pizza.
The guiltiest pleasure comes from watching Travolta get his in an extended sequence that made me flash back to time spent watching ``The General's Daughter,'' ``Swordfish,'' ``Lucky Numbers,'' ``Battlefield Earth'' and, really, too many other movies to mention.