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flagrante delicto

[fluh-gran-tee di-lik-toh] /fləˈgræn ti dɪˈlɪk toʊ/
adverb
1.
Law. in the very act of committing the offense.
2.
while having illicit sex with someone.
Also, in flagrante delicto, in flagrante.
Origin of flagrante delicto
< Latin: literally, while the offense is (still) burning
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  • "It must be in flagrante delicto, Master Simeon," said Ford, uneasy again.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • Prince Eugne with his army, coming suddenly upon them, caught the Turkish army in flagrante delicto, divided by the river.

  • He was therefore most desirous to effect the capture of Coppinger at once and flagrante delicto.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • As a consequence Mr. Austen Leigh was despatched to watch, and, if possible, to catch the offenders in flagrante delicto.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • Offending students caught in flagrante delicto he conducted to the University prison, and others he reported to the Rector.

    Life in the Medieval University Robert S. Rait, M.A.
  • "The lady in flagrante delicto, meseems," rejoined the Cardinal quietly.

    The Tangled Skein Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • So hot were we about it that we noted not our master coming upon us and finding us in flagrante delicto.

    With the King at Oxford Alfred J. Church
  • If found out, in flagrante delicto, there is a fiscal fine in cows.

  • Only one vessel had been captured in flagrante delicto after a sharp fight, and had been condemned as a lawful prize.

    Sketches From My Life Hobart Pasha
British Dictionary definitions for flagrante delicto

flagrante delicto

/fləˈɡræntɪ dɪˈlɪktəʊ/
adverb
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