|n.||1.||The criminality and consequent exposure to punishment resulting from willful disobedience of law, or from morally wrong action; the state of one who has broken a moral or political law; crime; criminality; offense against right.|
|2.||Exposure to any legal penalty or forfeiture.|
|3.||A feeling of regret or remorse for having committed some improper act; a recognition of one's own responsibility for doing something wrong.|
|Noun||1.||guilt - the state of having committed an offense|
innocence - a state or condition of being innocent of a specific crime or offense; "the trial established his innocence"
|2.||guilt - remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offence|
GUILT, crim. law. That quality which renders criminal and liable to
punishment; or it is that disposition to violate the law, which has
manifested itself by some act already done. The opposite of innocence. Vide
Rutherf. Inst. B. 1, c. 18, s. 10.
2. In general everyone is presumed innocent until guilt has been proved; but in some cases the presumption of guilt overthrows that of innocence; as, for example, where a party destroys evidence to which the opposite party is entitled. The spoliation of papers, material to show the neutral character of a vessel, furnishes strong presumption against the neutrality of the ship. 2 Wheat. 227. Vide Spoliation.