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Gilt vs Guilt


Gilt vs Guilt. She was overcome with guilt when she knocked her friend’s gilt-framed oil painting off the wall. Experience guilt-free writing with ErrNET!

Gilt as an adjective is covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint.
Gilt as a noun is gold leaf or gold paint applied in a thin layer to a surface.

Guilt as a noun is the fact of having committed a specified or implied offense or crime; a feeling of having done wrong or failed in an obligation.
Guilt as a verb is to make (someone) feel guilty, especially to induce them to do something.

Gilt and guilt are types of homonyms called heterographs, which are words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings and spellings. “Gilt” and “guilt” are commonly confused and misused in English writing. You will never misuse these words again in your writing with ErrNET copyediting technology!

Gilt sentence examples:

The gilt covered chocolate eggs at the candy store were the biggest seller during the Easter weekend.

The gilt inlay on the antique chest wore off quite a bit over time but this patina made it more attractive to buyers and increased the value of this piece.

The artist’s trademark was to frame all of her work in gilt covered frames.

The craftsman was so skilled at applying gold leaf inlay to furniture that he earned the nickname “gilt master.”

The antique piece of furniture was appraised at a much lower value once the appraisers determined that the gilt was actually gold paint rather than gold leaf.

Guilt sentence examples:

Although he hated his elderly mother, he always answered her phone calls out of guilt because of the prospect that she could drop dead at any time.

Most sociopathic murderers feel no guilt for their crimes.

Only despicable parents guilt their children in to fulfilling their every demand.

The single mother spoiled her children out of guilt because she worked two jobs to support them and was rarely home.

She thought she would feel some guilt for breaking up with her boyfriend but to her surprise she felt joy and a new sense of freedom.

The prosecutor will have a difficult time convincing the jury of the defendant’s guilt.


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