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in flagrante delicto

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

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

Words that rhyme with in flagrante delicto

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