flagrante delicto

[fluh-gran-tee di-lik-toh]

adverb

Law. in the very act of committing the offense.
while having illicit sex with someone.

Nearby words

  1. flagman,
  2. flagon,
  3. flagpole,
  4. flagrance,
  5. flagrant,
  6. flagrantly,
  7. flags,
  8. flagship,
  9. flagstad,
  10. flagstad, kirsten

Also in flagrante delicto, in flagrante.

Origin of flagrante delicto

< Latin: literally, while the offense is (still) burning

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British Dictionary definitions for flagrante delicto

flagrante delicto

adverb

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