delict

noun
de·​lict | \ di-ˈlikt How to pronounce delict (audio) , dē- \

Definition of delict

: an offense against the law

Examples of delict in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of delict

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for delict

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

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“Delict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delict. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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delict

noun
de·​lict | \ di-ˈlikt How to pronounce delict (audio) \

Legal Definition of delict

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

Other Words from delict

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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