Definition of in flagrante delicto in English:

in flagrante delicto

Syllabification: in fla·gran·te de·lic·to
Pronunciation: /ˌin fləˌɡränˌtā dəˈlikˌtō
(also informal in flagrante)


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.


late 18th century: Latin, literally 'in blazing crime'.

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