flagrante delicto

adverb fla·gran·te de·lic·to \ flə-ˌgrän-tē-di-ˈlik-(ˌ)tō , -ˌgran- \

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1826

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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

: 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


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