Legal Definition and Related Resources of Guilty

Meaning of Guilty

The state or condition of a person who has committed a crime, misdemeanor, or offense. This word implies a malicious intent, and must be applied to something universally allowed to be a crime. Cowp. 275. In Pleading. A plea by which a defendant who is charged with a crime, misdemeanor, or tort admits or confesses it. In criminal proceedings, when the accused is arraigned, the clerk asks him, “How say you, A. B., are you guilty or not guilty?” His answer, which is given ore tenus, is called his “plea”; and when he admits the charge in the indictment, he answers or pleads “guilty.”

Translate Guilty Finding from English to Spanish

Translation of Guilty Finding , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Fallo condenatorio and other legal terms is available here.

Translate Guilty Plea from English to Spanish

Translation of Guilty Plea , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Declaración de culpabilidad and other legal terms is available here.

Translate Not Guilty Plea from English to Spanish

Translation of Not Guilty Plea, with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Declaración de no culpabilidad and other legal terms is available here.


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Synonyms of Guilty


  • at fault
  • blamable
  • blameworthy
  • censurable
  • chargeable
  • condemnable
  • convicted
  • criminal
  • criminous
  • culpable
  • delinquent
  • deserving of blame
  • deserving of punishment
  • deserving reproof
  • erring
  • imputable
  • in error
  • in the wrong
  • incriminated
  • indictable
  • peccant
  • reprehensible
  • reproachable
  • reprovable
  • sceleratus
  • to blame
  • transgressing
  • Associated Concepts: bail
  • conviction
  • find the defendant guilty
  • guilty as charged
  • guilty knowledge
  • guilty of the crime charged
  • guilty of wrongdoing
  • innocence
  • insanity
  • parole
  • plea of guilty
  • qualified plea of guilty
  • sentencing
  • verdict

English Spanish Translation of Guilty


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Guilty in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of guilty.


This term is an adjetive.

Etimology of Guilty

(You may find guilty at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

Old English gyltig “offending, delinquent, criminal,” from gylt (see guilt; this term is also a noun.). In law, “that has committed some specified offense,” late 13c. Of conscience, feelings, etc., 1590s. Meaning “person who is guilty” is from 1540s. To plead not guilty is from 15c.; to plead guilty is 19c., though, as the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) notes, “Guilty is technically not a plea, but a confession.” Related: Guiltily; guiltiness.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Work
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

English Legal System: Guilty

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Guilty : adj.

1. An admission in court by an accused person that he has committed the offence with which he is charged. If there is more than one charge he may plead guilty to some and *not guilty to others.

2. A *verdict finding that the accused has committed the offence with which he was charged or some other offence of which he can be convicted on the basis of the evidence in the case.

See also conviction.

guilty: Vocabulary part of speech

guilty (adjective)

Meaning of this part of speech

responsible for a crime, deserving of punishment

guilty in an Example Sentence

You will be considered innocent until you are proven guilty.

adj. responsible for wrong; culpable – guilt (noun) not guilty adj.

Justice System: guilty


What is Guilty?

A definition of guilty is: Having committed a crime or other breach of conduct; justly chargeable with a crime; responsible for a crime or tort or other offense or fault. More details on the Encyclopedia. The word used by an accused in pleading or otherwise answering to an indictment when he confesses to the crime of which he is charged, and by the jury in convicting a person on trial for a particular crime. More details on the Encyclopedia. The connotation of such word is “evil,” “wrongdoing,” or “culpability. More details on the Encyclopedia.” [1]



  1. “Guilty” in the White America Dictionary (New York, Los Angeles, London, New Delhy, Hong Kong, 1989)

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