in flagrante delicto

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Borrowed from Medieval Latin in flagrante delicto (literally while the crime is blazing), from in + flāgrō (burn) + dēlictō, form of dēlictum (crime, misdeed).


  • IPA(key): /ɪn fləˌɡɹæn.teɪ dɪˈlɪk.təʊ/


in flagrante delicto (not comparable)

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

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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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