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absolve from guilt

To consider innocent, clear of all suspicion, or pardon from any cause of guilt. The knights of the crusades committed many atrocities in their campaign, but they were absolved from guilt by the heads of the church.
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absolved from guilt

Considered innocent, cleared of all suspicion, or pardoned from any cause of guilt. The knights of the crusades committed many atrocities in their campaign, but they were regarded as absolved from guilt because of their religious patronage.
See also: absolve, guilt

guilt complex

A very strong and persistent feeling of guilt regarding something or some event. John developed a guilt complex after forcing his brother to move out.
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guilt trip

1. noun A deep feeling of guilt or remorse. I'm having a guilt trip for not being able to attend my sister's wedding.
2. verb To make others feel guilty, especially in an attempt to manipulate them. Kelly's parents were always trying to guilt trip her for not giving them grandchildren. You can't guilt trip me into donating money, I give enough to charity already.
See also: guilt, trip

send (one) on a guilt trip

To make one feel guilty, especially in an attempt to manipulate. Kelly's parents were always trying to send her on a guilt trip for not giving them grandchildren. These charity commercials are really sending me on a guilt trip. I guess that's a sign I should donate.
See also: guilt, on, send, trip

put a guilt trip on (one)

To make one feel guilty, especially in an attempt to manipulate. Kelly's parents were always trying to put a guilt trip on her for not giving them grandchildren. These charity commercials are really putting a guilt trip on me. I guess that's a sign I should donate.
See also: guilt, on, put, trip

lay a guilt trip on (one)

To make one feel guilty, especially in an attempt to manipulate. Kelly's parents were always trying to lay a guilt trip on her for not giving them grandchildren. These charity commercials are really laying a guilt trip on me. I guess that's a sign I should donate.
See also: guilt, lay, on, trip

a ˈguilt trip

(informal) things you say to somebody in order to make them feel guilty about something: Don’t lay a guilt trip on your child about schoolwork.
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lay a (heavy) trip on someone

1. tv. to criticize someone. There’s no need to lay a trip on me. I agree with you.
2. tv. to confuse or astonish someone. After he laid a heavy trip on me about how the company is almost broke, I cleaned out my desk and left.
3. and lay a guilt trip on someone tv. to attempt to make someone feel very guilty. Why do you have to lay a guilt trip on me? Why don’t you go to a shrink? Keep your problems to yourself. Don’t lay a trip on me!
See also: heavy, lay, on, someone, trip

lay a guilt trip on someone

verb
See also: guilt, lay, on, someone, trip

lay a guilt trip on

To make or try to make (someone) feel guilty.
See also: guilt, lay, on, trip
References in classic literature ?
I am no priest,'' said Cedric, turning with disgust from this miserable picture of guilt, wretchedness, and despair; ``I am no priest, though I wear a priest's garment.
hast thou borne up and endured to live through so much guilt and so much misery, and wilt thou now yield to despair when thine eyes are opened to thy crimes, and when repentance were thy fitter occupation?
You say, he is keeping from you information which may fasten the guilt on some other person.
But suppose the worst: you have no right to say that the guilt of her crime lies with him, and that he ought to bear the punishment.
There is no longer any doubt as to his complete guilt.
His analysis of attempts to impose household chores on children is a resonant rendering of the emotional conflicts--generational tensions, spousal resentments, maternal guilts, and more--that conditioned the pathetic failure of such efforts.
With compassion as well as a wry, withering wit, he follows the intriguing twists and turns by which a movement driven by parents' guilt and pediatricians' good intentions led not only to research funding and national legislation but also to journalistic hyperbole and genetic findings that only compounded the parental guilt and anxieties the movement meant to relieve.
I'm more interested in the accumulated guilts that come to African American men simply because they were born black in America.
I made a list of guilts and went through each guilt saying, "This is not what I want.