in flagrante delicto


in flagrante delicto
   in the act of extramarital copulation
   Legal jargon, often shortened to in flagrante.
   The French form, en flagrant délit, is rare:
    An SA man... had once caught a Jewish cattle dealer and a younger 'Aryan' girl in flagrante delicto behind a locked door of a room in an inn. (Burleigh, 2000)
    In the old days you at least knew this death en flagrant délit meant hell-fire for ever. (Read, 1979)
   The phrase is also used to describe other kinds of wrongdoing where the offender is caught in the act.

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  • flagrante delicto — fla·gran·te de·lic·to /flə grän tē də lik tō, gran ; flä grän tā dā lēk tō/ adv or adj [Medieval Latin, literally, while the crime is blazing]: in the very act of committing a misdeed was caught flagrante delicto; also: in the midst of sexual… …   Law dictionary

  • flagrante delicto — n. see IN FLAGRANTE DELICTO …   English World dictionary

  • flagrante delicto — лат. (флагрантэ дэликто) см. en flagrant dйlit. Толковый словарь иностранных слов Л. П. Крысина. М: Русский язык, 1998 …   Словарь иностранных слов русского языка

  • flagrante delicto — flə|grantēdə̇ˈlik(ˌ)tō, flā| adverb Etymology: Medieval Latin, literally, while the crime is blazing : in the very act of committing a misdeed caught the thief flagrante delicto sometimes used substantively * * * /fleuh gran tee di lik toh/, Law …   Useful english dictionary

  • flagrante delicto — adverb Date: 1826 in flagrante delicto …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flagrante delicto — fla|gran|te de|lic|to see IN FLAGRANTE DELICTO …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flagrante delicto —    (flah GRAHN teh deh LIKtoh, ihn flah GRAHN teh deh LIK toh) [Latin] In the very act of committing a crime or offense.    after (her) husband and for mer bodyguard was photographed in flagrante delicto at a Riviera villa Time, January 20, 1997 …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • flagrante delicto — UK / US See: in flagrante delicto …   English dictionary

  • flagrante delicto — /fləˌgrænti dəˈlɪktoʊ/ (say fluh.grantee duh liktoh) adverb Law in the very act: to be caught flagrante delicto. {Latin: the transgression blazing} …   Australian English dictionary

  • flagrante delicto — /fleuh gran tee di lik toh/, Law. in the very act of committing the offense. [ < L] * * * …   Universalium

  • flagrante delicto — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Lat. red handed. See guilt, action …   English dictionary for students


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