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in flagrante delicto


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

  • adv. Flagrante delicto.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In the act of committing a misdeed.
  • adv. While performing sexual activity.


New Latin in flagrante dēlictō : Latin in, in; see in-2 + Medieval Latin flagrante dēlictō, while the crime is blazing; see flagrante delicto.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin, literally “while the crime is blazing”, from Latin in + flāgrō ("burn") + dēlictō, form of dēlictum ("crime, misdeed"). (Wiktionary)


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  • The Renaissance madrigalist Don Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, wrote some amazingly modern-sounding music, but is perhaps even more famous for murdering his wife and her lover on catching them in flagrante delicto (or, it is said, asleep post flagrante delicto).

    September 27, 2008

  • For some reason I always picture the movie "Amadeus" when I hear this phrase, though I don't think it's ever used in the movie...

    Also I love that it means "while the crime is blazing." Cool. :)

    September 27, 2008

  • The Latin term is sometimes used colloquially as a euphemism for a couple being caught in the act of sexual intercourse, as it is used in the film Clue; in modern usage the intercourse need not be adulterous or illicit

    September 27, 2008

  • Latin for "while the crime is blazing." Similar in meaning to "caught in the act" or "caught red handed," and has come to be synonymous with "busted while getting it on."

    October 17, 2007