delict

noun

de·​lict di-ˈlikt How to pronounce delict (audio)
dē-
: an offense against the law

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An apostate from the faith, a heretic, or a schismatic automatically incurs excommunication, when the delict (or violation) is committed. Fr. Goran Jovicic, National Review, 13 June 2021

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of delict was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Delict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delict. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Legal Definition

delict

noun

de·​lict di-ˈlikt How to pronounce delict (audio)
1
in the civil law of Louisiana : offense sense 2
especially : an offense other than breach of contract that creates an obligation for damages

Note: Delict is the civil law equivalent of the common-law tort.

2
: a criminal offense
delictual
di-ˈlik-chə-wəl
adjective

History and Etymology for delict

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

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