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in flagrante delicto

Line breaks: in fla|grante de¦licto
Pronunciation: /ɪn fləˌɡranteɪ dɪˈlɪktəʊ
 
, fləˌɡranti/
(also informal in flagrante)

Definition of in flagrante delicto in English:

adverb

In the very act of wrongdoing, especially in an act of sexual misconduct: he had been caught in flagrante with the wife of the Association’s Treasurer
More example sentences
  • The photo at left is me, in flagrante delicto.
  • Peter is so convincing that even if he were caught in flagrante he would have a perfectly plausible explanation.

Origin

Latin, 'in the heat of the crime' (literally 'in blazing crime').

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