Guilty vs Remorseful - What's the difference?

guilty | remorseful |

As adjectives the difference between guilty and remorseful

is that guilty is responsible for a dishonest act while remorseful is (of a person) feeling or filled with remorse.

As a noun guilty

is (legal) a plea by a defendant who does not contest a charge.




  • 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.}}




    (en adjective)
  • (of a person) Feeling or filled with remorse.
  • He was so remorseful that he voluntarily paid full restitution.
  • Expressing or caused by remorse.
  • There was a remorseful look on her face.


    * penitent * apologetic * regretful *


    * unremorseful * unrepentant


    * * * " remorseful" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press 2007. * Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989. * Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary , 1987-1996.