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guilty conscience

Definitions

  • A GUILTY CONSCIENCE
    A GUILTY CONSCIENCE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n guilty conscience remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense
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Usage

In literature:

Let none of us bear the burden of a guilty conscience in that hour.
"The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal, Volume I, No. 7, July, 1880" by Various
The reason, Doctor Sherman, is that you have a guilty conscience.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
The whispers were the echoes of a guilty conscience.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
Tim's conscience was guilty enough, dear knows, so it was no wonder that he jumped.
"Four Little Blossoms at Oak Hill School" by Mabel C. Hawley
But you always give me a guilty conscience, when you're like this.
"The Education of Eric Lane" by Stephen McKenna
His guilty conscience warned him that he would have been her murderer.
"The Masked Bridal" by Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
I will not say you are guilty, but ask your own conscience whether you are or no.
"A Walk from London to Fulham" by Thomas Crofton Croker
The idea seems to be that if enough people slaughter themselves, the enemy gives up out of sheer guilty conscience.
"Warrior Race" by Robert Sheckley
He had a guilty conscience; he knew what was coming.
"Pretty Madcap Dorothy" by Laura Jean Libbey
She knew she was witnessing the outward signs of a guilty conscience.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
Such the picture that man's dark unbelief and guilty conscience have drawn.
"Old Groans and New Songs" by F. C. Jennings
One cannot ignore a trail of fire, and a guilty conscience is never a sleeping one.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
If you do, it's your guilty conscience troubling you!
"The Boarded-Up House" by Augusta Huiell Seaman
Unquestionably it symbolises a guilty conscience.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
She had eased, to some extent, her guilty conscience.
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
The negroes and the whites whose consciences made them the subjects of guilty fears, were sure it boded no good to them.
"Ku Klux Klan" by J. C. Lester
Then my conscience would be only half guilty.
"The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp" by Thornton W. Burgess
The silly cur answered all their questions with silence, which was held as a sign of a guilty conscience.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
As to how far thou art otherwise guilty concerning him, that is between God and thy conscience.
"Jan Vedder's Wife" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I felt guilty; I was conscience-stricken.
"Adventures and Reminiscences of a Volunteer" by George T. Ulmer
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In poetry:

Not all the blood of beasts
On Jewish altars slain
Could give the guilty conscience peace.
Or wash away the stain.
"Hymn 142" by Isaac Watts
The blood that could stern justice please,
And law-demands fulfil,
Can also guilty conscience ease;
Thy Husband clears the bill.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
Q. Mayn't guilty conscience loudly brand,
And all my comfort chase?
A. Christ with a pardon in his hand
Can shew his smiling face.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
O wash my soul from every sin,
And make my guilty conscience clean;
Here on my heart the burden lies,
And past offences pain my eyes.
"Psalm 51 part 1" by Isaac Watts
What shall the dying sinner do
That seeks relief for all his woe?
Where shall the guilty conscience find
Ease for the torment of the mind?
"Hymn 34 part 1" by Isaac Watts
And now loud mingling voices cried—
"Pursue that WOLF, pursue him!"
The guilty BARON, conscience stung,
About his fainting DAUGHTER hung,
As to the ground she drew him.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

A man lauded by peace activists of the 1960s as the "guilty conscience" of American's atomic warfare — native Texan Claude Robert "Buck" Eatherly — spent a lot of time in Central Texas as a guest of Uncle Sam.
Guilty conscience can lead us back to God.
It's not hard to detect signs of a guilty conscience projected onto the Other.
The letter, an appeal to a guilty conscience, asks for anyone involved in the slaying to step forward.
Davis Guggenheim's call-to-arms documentary on the failures of the US public-education system—thoroughly laudable in intention if maddening in its logic and omissions—originated with his own guilty conscience.
President Barack Obama won't admit it, although he must suffer from a guilty conscience.
Davis Guggenheim's call-to-arms documentary on the failures of the US public-education system — thoroughly laudable in intention if maddening in its logic and omissions — originated with his own guilty conscience.
I had many victims and now I have a guilty conscience.
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