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flagrante delicto

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In the very act of committing an offense; red-handed.
  • adv. In the act of having sex.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • While the crime is (or was) being committed; while the crime is (or was) in the very performance: as, he was apprehended flagrante delicto.

Etymologies

Medieval Latin flagrante dēlictō, while the crime is blazing : flagrante, ablative of flagrāns, blazing + dēlictō, ablative of dēlictum, offense.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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