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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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Fiers: On July 9, 1991, the former chief of the CIA:s Central America Task Force pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargain to two misdemeanor charges involving withholding information from Congress.
Kathleen Jackson Adonai, 49, of Carbondale, pleaded guilty to retail theft, a Class A misdemeanor.
Sharon Wootton, 52, of Orchard Park, St Mellons, was fined PS60 and given three penalty points after pleading guilty to speeding.
Ashley Michael Dale-Holmes, 21, of Monkswood Crescent, Henley Green, pleaded guilty to being in possession of cocaine.
A 17-year-old boy from Smethwick pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods from Jessops.
GUILTY Entering the weighing room at Cheltenham and Newbury without permission
Gary Spargo, 42, of Forthlin Road, Allerton, pleaded guilty.
It is there in Star Chamber, in which a group of trial judges, fed up with having to dismiss cases against guilty defendants on technicalities, deputize themselves to try the culprits in absentia and order their execution by hired hit men.
11/14: Arthur Jones, 36, of Marion, pleaded guilty to writing a bad check, a Class 4 felony.
Found guilty of assaulting a police officer and pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly on Westgate Road, Newcastle, on July 21.
The following cases were heard at Cardiff Magistrates' Court: | Joshua Edward Jones, 19, of Greenmeadow Drive, Tongwynlais, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to drink driving.
12/04: Shane Ingram, 40, of White Hall, pleaded guilty criminal damage to property, a Class 4 felony and leaving the scene, a Class A misdemeanor.
Nine men were convicted of violent disorder, three found guilty of conspiracy to commit violent disorder, and a 13th man found guilty of assisting an offender.