fla·gran·te de·lic·to (flə-grăn′tē dĭ-lĭktō)
1. In the very act of committing an offense; red-handed.
2. In the act of having sex.
[Medieval Latin flagrante dēlictō, while the crime is blazing : flagrante, ablative of flagrāns, blazing + dēlictō, ablative of dēlictum, offense.]
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