One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In the very act of wrongdoing, especially in an act of sexual misconduct.‘he had been caught in flagrante with the wife of the Association's Treasurer’
by surprise, unexpectedly, without warning, suddenly, abruptly, unprepared, off-guard, coldView synonyms
- ‘Peter is so convincing that even if he were caught in flagrante he would have a perfectly plausible explanation.’
- ‘The photo at left is me, in flagrante delicto.’
Latin, ‘in the heat of the crime’ (literally ‘in blazing crime’).
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