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What is the difference between Guilt and Remorse?

Asked by B. Wright, Last updated: Jun 17, 2020

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J. Lautner

J. Lautner, Product Manager, Utah

Answered Aug 06, 2019

Guilt is a word which can be used in various contexts. The simple definition of guilt is the readiness to take responsibility for any wrongdoing. This means you are aware that your action has affected someone else negatively. Most times, when you feel you have done something bad to people, there arises a kind of conflicting emotional feeling in your mind. These feelings in your mind show that you are aware of your bad actions to people. However, guilt is not always the same as remorse. Remorse, on the other hand, is the feeling of regret or sadness for doing wrong.

Guilt is a word which can be used in various contexts. The simple definition of guilt is the
You may be feeling guilty about your actions to people and might decide not to show it to them, but being remorseful will make you take total responsibility for your actions, and you will be ready for the consequences. In the court of law, guilt means the admittance of any crime. That's why when people are charged to court the first thing they would be asked is if they are guilty of the crime or not

 

H. Barnes

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H. Barnes, Unemployed, Barnes, Atlanta

Answered Jul 26, 2019

When people have done something wrong, and they feel bad about it, they may feel both guilt and remorse. However, there is a difference between these two feelings and words. Remorse makes you feel sad and guilty is more accepting of the wrongdoing. Also, the word “guilty” has other meanings than the just emotional definition of the word.

When people have done something wrong, and they feel bad about it, they may feel both guilt and
The word “guilt” is also used in courtrooms when a defendant is entering a plea. If they plead guilty, then they are admitting to the crime. This defendant, who pleads guilty doesn’t necessarily have to feel remorse for pleading guilty. They may realize that there is too much evidence against him to go to trial. Remorse only has one meaning, which is to feel bad for some wrongdoing that was done.

 

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