in flagrante delicto

adverb
in flagrante de·​lic·​to | \ ˌin-flə-ˈgrän-tē-di-ˈlik-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce in flagrante delicto (audio) , -ˈgran- \

Definition of in flagrante delicto

1 : in the very act of committing a misdeed : red-handed
2 : in the midst of sexual activity

Examples of in flagrante delicto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the film’s opening scene, she’s caught in flagrante delicto with that student, by the guy’s fiancée. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "‘On a Magical Night’ Review: Ghosts of Lovers Past and Present," 7 May 2020 She is discovered there, more or less in flagrante delicto, by Kevin (Maki Borden), an old schoolmate, now a Dairy Queen employee who is addicted to Dungeons and Dragons and working on a novel about witches. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Inanimate,’ a Forbidden Love Dares to Speak Its Name," 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of in flagrante delicto

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for in flagrante delicto

Medieval Latin, literally, while the crime is blazing

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The first known use of in flagrante delicto was in 1772

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17 May 2020

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“In flagrante delicto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20flagrante%20delicto. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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