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flagrante delicto

[fluh-gran-tee di-lik-toh]
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adverb
  1. Law. in the very act of committing the offense.
  2. 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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Related Words for in flagrante delicto

caught, openly, blatantly

British Dictionary definitions for in flagrante delicto

in flagrante delicto

adverb
  1. mainly law while committing the offence; red-handedAlso: flagrante delicto
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Word Origin for in flagrante delicto

Latin, literally: with the crime still blazing

flagrante delicto

adverb
  1. See in flagrante delicto
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