Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

delict

play
noun de·lict \di-ˈlikt, dē-\

Definition of delict

  1. :  an offense against the law



Origin and Etymology of delict

Latin delictum fault, from neuter of delictus, past participle of delinquere


First Known Use: 1523


Law Dictionary

delict

play
noun de·lict \di-ˈlikt\

Legal Definition of delict

  1. 1 in the civil law of Louisiana :  offense 2; especially :  an offense other than breach of contract that creates an obligation for damages Editor's note: Delict is the civil law equivalent of the common-law tort.

  2. 2 :  a criminal offense

delictual

\di-ˈlik-chə-wəl\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of delict

Latin delictum misdeed, offense, from neuter past participle of delinquere to commit (an offense), err


Learn More about delict


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up delict? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or near a shore

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

interruption torrent rebellion megillah
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ