[ dih-likt ]
/ dɪˈlɪkt /


Law. a misdemeanor; offense.
Roman and Civil Law. a civil wrong permitting compensation.

Nearby words

  1. delicatessen,
  2. delicia,
  3. delicious,
  4. deliciously,
  5. deliciousness,
  6. deligate,
  7. deligation,
  8. delight,
  9. delighted,
  10. delightedly

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for delict


/ (dɪˈlɪkt, ˈdiːlɪkt) /


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

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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