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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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However, that's no reason to prolong the agony -- the longer you delay the more he will be hurt and the guiltier you will feel.
Most of us consider him the guiltier party because he was in a position of responsibility, but both of them have made the Army a laughing stock.
Why, there is no set of heathens in Christ's kingdom who are guiltier of worshiping images than the people of this country.
Unfortunately for them, the president still enjoys popular support -- helped in part by the scorched-earth tactics of the opposition -- and his opponents tend to look even guiltier than the president when it comes to certain accusations.
But the more I did, the more I got back and the guiltier I felt.
Much guiltier was LDP Secretary General Koichi Kato, now in disgrace for milking too much from construction firms in his native Yamagata prefecture.
Afterwards, it may actually have a detrimental effect by making the worker feel guiltier.
I get angry every time I hear Whites accusing Blacks of being anti-universal when no other people in the modern world have been guiltier of that sin than Whites.
Paul is left feeling even guiltier when he sees the devastating effect this has on his best friend.
16-17]), is confirmed in the play's final scene, where the amazed Angelo submits to the duke's judgment as a manifestation of some inscrutable divine knowledge: "O my dread lord, / I should be guiltier than my guiltiness, / To think I can be undiscernible, / When I perceive your Grace, like pow'r divine, / Hath look'd upon my passes" (5.
Because this is an uncertain proposition, Becker finds that some parents will have an incentive "to make their children feel guiltier," thus increasing the likelihood of actual support in their old age.
The guiltier you are, the more evidence the police find, the bigger the exclusionary rule windfall; but if the police know you are innocent, and just want to hassle you (because of your race, or politics, or whatever) the exclusionary rule offers exactly zero compensation or deterrence.