In-flagrante-delicto meaning

in fləgräntā deliktō, in fləgrantē dəliktō
In flagrante delicto is a Latin phrase defined as someone being caught during the act of a crime or sexual act.

An example of in flagrante delicto is a husband coming home to find his wife in bed with another man.

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In the very act of committing the offense; red-handed.
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While performing sexual activity.
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While engaged in sexual activity, often, specif., in illicit or perverse sexual activity.
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In the act of committing a misdeed.
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Origin of in-flagrante-delicto

  • New Latin in flagrante dēlictō Latin in in in–2 Medieval Latin flagrante dēlictō while the crime is blazing flagrante delicto

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin, literally “while the crime is blazing”, from Latin in + flāgrō (“burn”) + dēlictō, form of dēlictum (“crime, misdeed”).

    From Wiktionary