From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishguiltyguilt‧y /ˈɡɪlti/ ●●●S2W3 adjective 🔊 🔊 1ashamedGUILTY/FEEL GUILTY feeling very ashamed and sad because you know that you have done something wrongguilty about/for/at 🔊 I feel really guilty about forgetting her birthday again. 🔊 She looked self-conscious and guilty. 🔊 It was his guilty conscience that made him offer to help.RegisterIn everyday English, people often say that they feel bad about something rather than say that they feel guilty about it:I feel bad about leaving him on his own.2of a crimeGUILTY having done something that is a crime opp innocentguilty of 🔊 The jury found her guilty of murder. 🔊 He was found not guilty of the death of PC Jones. 🔊 He pleaded guilty to two charges of theft.3BLAMEresponsible for behaviour that is morally or socially unacceptablebe guilty of doing something 🔊 Some journalists are guilty of reporting scandal in order to sell papers.4 →the guilty party —guiltily adverbGRAMMAR: Prepositions with guilty• You feel guilty about/for/at something you have done: She felt guilty about what had happened. I feel guilty for not doing more to help.• Someone is guilty of a crime or doing something wrong: They were guilty of murder.The government is guilty of mismanaging the economy.THESAURUS – Meaning 2: having done something that is a crimeguilty if someone is guilty of a crime or doing something wrong, they did it, and they should be punished for itShe was found guilty of murder.He was guilty of serious misconduct.The two guilty men were ordered to pay damages to their victims.responsible [not before noun] used when saying who should be blamed for something bad that has happenedPolice believe a local gang is responsible for the burglaries.As manager, he is ultimately responsible for the failure of the project.The other driver was responsible for the accident.be to blame if someone is to blame for a bad situation, they are responsibleThe government is partly to blame for the crisis.If anything goes wrong, it’s never him that is to blame.culpable /ˈkʌlpəbəl/ formal responsible for something bad or illegal, so that you deserve to be blamed or punishedThe people who helped the terrorists are equally culpable for what happened on July 7th.He pleaded guilty to culpable homicide (=being guilty of causing someone’s death). negligent /ˈneɡlɪdʒənt/ [not usually before noun] responsible for something bad that has happened, because you did not take enough care, or you did not try to stop it from happeningThe court decided that the railway company was negligent.be in the wrong to be responsible for an accident, mistake etc – used when deciding which person, group etc should be blamedThe other driver was clearly in the wrong. She always thinks it’s me who is in the wrong.incriminating used about things which seem to show that someone is guilty of a crimeincriminating evidenceincriminating documentsHe didn’t want to say anything incriminating.