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.
Men discovered their wives in flagrante delicto and murdered them, the granaries leaked and wetted the wheat stored therein, the Tiber rose just enough to ensure that some of the public latrines backfilled and floated excrement out of their doors, a vegetable shortage developed when the Campus Martius and the Campus Vaticanus were covered with a few inches of water, and shoddily built high-rise insulae began to crumble into total collapse or suddenly manifested huge cracks in walls and foundations.
You drove home, you obeyed the rules of the road, you found your house, your house key, you punched in the alarm code, slipped off your shoes, you procured the family gun from the first-floor study, you found the right room, you caught your husband and Isabel Krug in flagrante delicto and you shot him dead.