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.

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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 (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for in flagrante delicto (2 of 2)

flagrante delicto
/ (fləˈɡræntɪ dɪˈlɪktəʊ) /

adverb

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