ETYM Old Eng. gilt, gult, AS. gylt, crime; probably originally signifying, the fine or mulct paid for an offence, and afterward the offense itself, and akin to AS. gieldan to pay, Eng. yield. Related to Yield.
1. Remorse cause by feeling responsible for some offence; SYN. guilty conscience, guilt feelings, guilt trip.
2. The state of having committed an offense; SYN. guiltiness.