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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 them 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

plead not guilty (to something)

To formally deny that one is guilty (of some crime or accusation). The defendant pleaded not guilty, and he will go to trial where he will face the possibility of life in prison, or even death. My client pleads not guilty, your honor.
See also: guilty, not, plead

plead guilty (to something)

To formally admit and declare that one is guilty (of some crime or accusation). The defendant avoided a possible death sentence by pleading guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. My client pleads guilty, your honor.
See also: guilty, plead

feel guilty

To feel ashamed and remorseful about something. Thanks for being so nice about everything, but I still feel guilty about interrupting your date. I know Jen pretty well, and I think she feels guilty about upsetting you.
See also: feel, guilty

find (one) guilty

To determine and declare in court that one is guilty of a crime. How serious do you think the prison sentence will be if the jury finds him guilty?
See also: find, guilty

find (one) not guilty

To determine and declare in court that one is innocent of a crime. I don't know how the jury found him not guilty, considering all the evidence against him.
See also: find, guilty, not

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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Guiltily. Because when it comes down to it, although this spot could exist in Wyoming (and I'm sure there is probably a concrete slab in a field somewhere in Big Sky Country full of flat bars and boxes), no one would care because no one would go there.
Not if you're a passenger standing by guiltily as your underwear is exposed to the assembled masses.
She chats away, offering a pep talk and sounding like a best girlfriend, as if the reader is trying to stuff her legs into a pair of jeans a size too small, or is guiltily sneaking a cigarette.
all five hit their target five more are returned and humanity makes mistakes (but we're only human, as was Oppenheimer) survival's staple is bread and onions nationality becomes luxury and a day awaits when further shootings will prove mistakes are human we're only human, they are only human, litany la la but mistakes are thus only when recognized seems some are more human than others an inner form of peace and terror simultaneously settles: that everywhere always we are humans playing at death guiltily or not loving our families raising children making onion sandwiches pushing buttons oops 5 shots in the dark
I stared at the towel bar guiltily I had meant to change it for a grab bar.
Consider the finest wordsmiths you know: They use pop-phrases only seldom, often guiltily, and usually kiddingly.
"Erik said he hoped that Frank would be the last ballet master we ever had," he replied, "who counted Far From Denmark as his favorite ballet." I dutifully guffawed, second-hand as it were, but just a little guiltily. After all, Bournonville's Far From Denmark is one of my favorite ballets.
Bereft of her invalid mother, she tries to break free of her milieu, whilst reluctantly and guiltily attendant on her mother's 82 year-old friend Mrs.
You scared the hell out of me!" Guiltily, I realised I was indeed the culprit, triggering Spotify while I got messed with Google Assistant.
Daz looks on guiltily as PC Swirling explains that there have been developments in Amelia's case
"Not my initial plan." I looked down guiltily at my blackened hands.
THE GREAT CELEBRITY BAKE OFF Channel 4, 8pm THIS has been such a good series that rather guiltily, we barely remembered it had a former life with Mary Berry.
From left, Teri Hatcher, Aisling Bea, Kadeena Cox and Alan Carr THE GREAT CELEBRITY BAKE OFF Channel 4, 8pm THIS has been such a good series that rather guiltily, we barely remembered it had a former life with Mary Berry.
'And the week before!' I say, as he looks down guiltily. 'So tomorrow what time?' I ask purposely.