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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, no

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, no

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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Rambo is a pleasure of the guiltiest, most gratuitous kind.
And, guiltiest of pleasures for anyone in the academic profession like me, my Stoppard experience has been completely undisciplined, an affair conducted in the theatre, not organized in the study.
The guiltiest pleasure was a panty-cam video by Dmitry Bulnygin (Untitled, 2006).
The punishment is never gratuitous, but rather follows a specific ethical formula in which the character guiltiest of demesure, or excessiveness, is the one whose fortunes are reversed.
Tell the 'Health Police' To Take A Flying Leap-- And Return To Life's GUILTIEST PLEASURES
It is not unrealistic to suspect that those who feel guiltiest may be more easily mobilized than those whose pangs are less intense.
When Ammons does make allegory out of the radiance he claims that it "will look into the guiltiest // swervings of the heart and bear itself upon them.
The castle becomes bathed in neon lights in homage to that guiltiest of past Disneyland pleasures, the Main Street Electrical Parade (and good luck getting the song out of your head).
My experience is that amongst my colleagues, those who are/were mothers--full-time, part-time or fractional--are the guiltiest of all-in that they feel it most.
Honolulu's hippest foodies may flock to the city's classiest restaurant, Chef Mavro, for haute cuisine, but when it comes time for dessert they order Hawaii's guiltiest blue-collar pleasure: malasadas.
Guiltiest has been the Financial Times of the UK and the Wall Street Journal of the US, both heavily caught up in the same free-market, supply-side fundamentalism that also did so much damage to the Russian and many other economies around the world.
If the gunslinging hero is an illusion that a modern consumerist society peddles to keep its engines running, if individual force, whether craven or caring, only confirms a nation's commercial and industrial purposes, then the Western "agent" persists in America as its guiltiest pleasure--and most problematic obsession: the masculine agent can never finally die because, mythically, he must be made to do so for us again and again, once upon a time in the West.
The filmmaking nearly matches its subject in audacity: Soler provokes the guiltiest laughter at one turn, only to slap the smile off your face with images of maimed and starving Iraqi youth at the next.
Video, pictures, and music files are storage hogs, with video being the guiltiest culprit.
Third, Zengotita indicts the wrong Bill, for it is Gates rather than Clinton who is guiltiest of crafting a cheerful substitute for reality.