flagrante delicto

[ fluh-gran-tee di-lik-toh ]
/ fləˈgræn ti dɪˈlɪk toʊ /

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 in flagrante delicto

in flagrante delicto

/ (ɪn fləˈɡræntɪ dɪˈlɪktəʊ) /

adverb

mainly law while committing the offence; red-handedAlso: flagrante delicto

Word Origin for in flagrante delicto

Latin, literally: with the crime still blazing

flagrante delicto

/ (fləˈɡræntɪ dɪˈlɪktəʊ) /

adverb

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