in flagrante delicto

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

Definition of in flagrante delicto 

1 : in the very act of committing a misdeed : red-handed

2 : in the midst of sexual activity

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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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