from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adverb In the very act of committing an offense; red-handed.
- adverb In the act of having sex.
from The Century Dictionary.
- While the crime is (or was) being committed; while the crime is (or was) in the very performance: as, he was apprehended flagrante delicto.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Medieval Latin flagrante dēlictō, while the crime is blazing : flagrante, ablative of flagrāns, blazing + dēlictō, ablative of dēlictum, offense.]
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