- Law. in the very act of committing the offense.
- 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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in flagrante delicto
- mainly law while committing the offence; red-handedAlso: flagrante delicto
Latin, literally: with the crime still blazing