in flagrante delicto

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Adverb[edit]

in flagrante delicto (not comparable)

  1. In the act of committing a misdeed.
  2. While performing sexual activity.

Usage notes[edit]

Also used in abbreviated in flagrante. Particularly used of sexual activity, as in “to be caught in flagrante”.

Anglicized form in flagrant delict also appears, but is significantly less common.

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