in flagrante delicto

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 Even if someone could distinguish a leaf insect from its arboreal brethren, there is an almost zero chance the insect would be in the company of its mate, let alone in flagrante delicto. New York Times, "He Was a Stick, She Was a Leaf; Together They Made History," 1 Dec. 2020 After her phone is hacked, nude photos of her are splashed all over the Web, in flagrante delicto with a man whose cob is visibly not Cob’s. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "“Roadkill” Offers the Fantasy of Politics as Usual," 30 Nov. 2020 Its owner, May Mamarbachi, was jailed under Bashar al-Assad for forwarding a cartoon of the dictator in flagrante delicto with the prime minister of Lebanon. New York Times, "11 Hotels to Visit in Your Dreams," 11 Nov. 2020 Less than six months into his freshman year, Beard would be kicked out of Reed College for being caught in flagrante delicto with a professor. Rien Fertel, WSJ, "‘The Man Who Ate Too Much’ Review: American Appetite," 1 Oct. 2020 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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“In flagrante delicto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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