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