Guilty vs Remorse - What's the difference?

guilty | remorse |

As nouns the difference between guilty and remorse

is that guilty is (legal) a plea by a defendant who does not contest a charge while remorse is a feeling of regret or sadness for doing wrong or sinning.

As an adjective guilty

is responsible for a dishonest act.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • Responsible for a dishonest act.
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  • (lb) Judged to have committed a crime.
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  • Having a sense of guilt.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed. And thus we came by a circuitous route to Mohair, the judge occupied by his own guilty thoughts, and I by others not less disturbing.}}
  • Blameworthy.
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  • *:At twilight in the summereat the luncheon crumbs. Mr. Checkly, for instance, always brought his dinner in a paper parcel in his coat-tail pocket, and ate it when so disposed, sprinkling crumbs lavishly—the only lavishment of which he was ever guilty —on the floor.
  • Synonyms

    * (l) * (l) (dialectal)


    * not guilty * innocent


  • (legal) A plea by a defendant who does not contest a charge.
  • (legal) A verdict of a judge or jury on a defendant judged to have committed a crime.
  • One who is declared guilty of a crime.
  • * {{quote-book, 1997, , Everyone Is Entitled to My Opinion citation
  • , passage=The not guilties walked out and went to work if they had jobs; the guilties were hauled away to spend maybe thirty days on the county farm growing cabbage.}}


    Alternative forms

    * (obsolete)


  • A feeling of regret or sadness for doing wrong or sinning.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=December 14 , author=Steven Morris , title=Devon woman jailed for 168 days for killing kitten in microwave , work=Guardian citation , page= , passage=Jailing her on Wednesday, magistrate Liz Clyne told Robins: "You have shown little remorse either for the death of the kitten or the trauma to your former friend Sarah Knutton." She was also banned from keeping animals for 10 years.}}
  • * 1897 , ,"
  • Failure, disgrace, poverty, sorrow, despair, suffering, tears even, the broken words that come from lips in pain, remorse that makes one walk on thorns, conscience that condemns . . . —all these were things of which I was afraid.
  • (obsolete) Sorrow; pity; compassion.
  • * 1597 , , King John , act 4, sc. 3,
  • This is the bloodiest shame,
    The wildest savagery, the vilest stroke,
    That ever wall-eyed wrath or staring rage
    Presented to the tears of soft remorse .


    * (regret or sadness for doing wrong) agenbite, compunction, contrition, penitence, repentance, self-reproach * See also

    Derived terms

    (Terms derived from "remorse") * buyer's remorse * remorseless


    * regret, sadness

    See also

    * apology