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  1. Law. a misdemeanor; offense.
  2. Roman and Civil Law. a civil wrong permitting compensation.
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Origin of delict

1515–25; < Latin dēlictum a fault, noun use of neuter of dēlictus (past participle of dēlinquere to do wrong; see delinquency), equivalent to dēlic- fail + -tus past participle suffix
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Related Words for delict

malfeasance, immorality, infringement, infraction, dereliction, misdeed, wrongdoing, lawlessness, misconduct, atrocity, criminality, illegality, depravity, delinquency, transgression, case, violation, felony, misdemeanor, evil

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Historical Examples of delict

  • The words contravention, crime, and delict were of no value.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2

    Gustave Flaubert

  • The "natural" sources of liability were delict and contract.

  • We have written to our son touching our vassal's delict, and he must abide his doom, which will most likely be death.

    The Abbot

    Sir Walter Scott

  • Another point of Gregorian emphasis: no delict is remitted without punishment.

  • No delict is wiped out without penitence and punishment, in this life or afterwards—let it be in Purgatory and not in Hell!

British Dictionary definitions for delict


  1. law, mainly Scots law a wrongful act for which the person injured has the right to a civil remedySee also tort
  2. Roman law a civil wrong redressable by compensation or punitive damages
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Word Origin for delict

C16: from Latin dēlictum a fault, crime, from dēlinquere to fail, do wrong; see delinquency
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Word Origin and History for delict

1520s, from Latin delictum "fault, offense, crime," neuter singular of past participle of delinquere (see delinquent). Phrase in flagrant delict translates Latin in flagrante delicto.

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