flagrante delicto


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fla·gran·te de·lic·to

 (flə-grăn′tē dĭ-lĭk′tō)
adv.
1. In the very act of committing an offense; red-handed.
2. In the act of having sex.

[Medieval Latin flagrante dēlictō, while the crime is blazing : flagrante, ablative of flagrāns, blazing + dēlictō, ablative of dēlictum, offense.]
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flagrante delicto

(fləˈɡræntɪ dɪˈlɪktəʊ)
adv
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fla•gran•te de•lic•to

(fləˈgræn ti dɪˈlɪk toʊ)
adv.
in the very act of committing the offense.
[< Latin: while the offense is (still) burning]
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flagrante delicto

A Latin phrase meaning while the crime is blazing, used to mean red-handed or in the act.
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