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

flagrante delicto

adverb

Definition of flagrante delicto



1826

First Known Use of flagrante delicto

1826


Law Dictionary

flagrante delicto

adverb or adjective fla·gran·te de·lic·to \flə-ˈgrän-tē-də-ˈlik-tō, -ˈgran-; flä-ˈgrän-tā-dā-ˈlēk-tō\

Legal Definition of flagrante delicto

  1. :  in the very act of committing a misdeed <was caught flagrante delicto>; also :  in the midst of sexual activity



Origin and Etymology of flagrante delicto

Medieval Latin, literally, while the crime is blazing


Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to depart quickly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

accommodate accomodate acommadate acommodate
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