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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

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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22) My point is only to indicate that guiltiness will be a poor basis for providing a bright line between those who are subject to attack and those who are immune from attack.
A pedagogics of forgiveness is not, however, a curriculum that attempts to vilify parts of history, but rather presents both sides of the story: the gloriousness as well as the guiltiness of "our" past.
In disallowing "GUILT," Coleridge confirms the demotion of guiltiness encouraged by philosophical Necessity.
That is, what was the extent of the guiltiness of his state of mind?
Why I should fear I know not, Since guiltiness I know not, but yet I feel I fear.
In Augustinian theology, divine domination and human guiltiness legitimate human relationships of domination: the Righteous One stands against all others.
The difference between cause and effect is telling for Desdemona in Othello: "Why I should fear I know not,/ Since guiltiness I know not, but yet I feel I fear" (5.
It is this central position of murder that helps to account for worrying guiltiness that sticks to The Prince despite many years of efforts to soften the book's message.
Yet, while semes of guiltiness do resurface from time to time, as in his quotation of Luke 6:46 (Le quatuor, 123) and his recollection of the Catholic formula for confession (Pacifica, 175), his poetic project is clearly centered on the exploration of the possibilities of a freedom that might liberate the senses from guilt and thus conjugate the sensual and the spiritual.