(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Fact or sense of commission of wrong
1. guilt, guiltiness, culpability, chargeability, criminality, improbity, sinfulness (see badness). See accusation.
2. (act of doing wrong) misconduct, misbehavior, misdoing, malpractice, transgression, dereliction, delinquency; misfeasance, misprision; malefaction, malfeasance.
3. (wrongful deed) fault, misdeed, sin, error, lapse, flaw, blot, omission; failing; offense, trespass; misdemeanor, crime, felony; enormity, atrocity, outrage; deadly or mortal sin. See illegality.
4. (guilty person) guilty one (see evildoer).
Verbs — be guilty, have on one's head; plead guilty. Slang, cop a plea.
Adjectives — guilty, to blame, culpable, sinful, criminal; red-handed, derelict, at fault, censurable, reprehensible, blameworthy, exceptionable (see disapprobation).
Adverbs — guiltily; in flagrante delicto; in the act.
Phrases — the guilty one always runs.
Quotations — He that first cries out stop thief, is often he that has stolen the treasure (William Congreve), Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything (Anita Brookner), He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her (Bible), The wicked flee when no man pursueth (Bible), What hangs people... is the unfortunate circumstance of guilt (R. L. Stevenson).
Antonyms, See innocence.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. culpability, blame, error, fault, lapse, slip, crime, sin, offense, answerability, liability, misstep, solecism, criminality, blameworthiness, sinfulness, misconduct, dereliction, misbehavior, malpractice, peccability, frailty, delinquency, transgression, dereliction, indiscretion, weakness, failing, malefaction, malfeasance, felonious conduct.
Ant. innocence*, freedom from fault, blamelessness.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. blame culpability, culpa, reprehensibility, criminality, guiltiness, crime, sin, wrongdoing, liability,
2. remorse regret, shame, conscience, contrition, disgrace, self-reproach, penitence, compunction. The avenging fiend that follows us behind with whips and stings.''—Nicholas Rowe.
ANT.: 1. innocence, *clean hands, clear conscience
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun Responsibility for an error or crime: blame, culpability, fault, onus. See START.

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