flagrante delicto


fla·​gran·​te de·​lic·​to flə-ˌgrän-tē-di-ˈlik-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce flagrante delicto (audio)

Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flagrante delicto was in 1826

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“Flagrante delicto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagrante%20delicto. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

flagrante delicto

adverb or adjective
fla·​gran·​te de·​lic·​to
flə-ˈgrän-tē-də-ˈlik-tō, -ˈgran-; flä-ˈgrän-tā-dā-ˈlēk-tō
: in the very act of committing a misdeed
was caught flagrante delicto
also : in the midst of sexual activity

Medieval Latin, literally, while the crime is blazing

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