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in flagrante (delicto)

In the act of committing a crime, misdeed, or immoral act, especially having sex with someone other than one's spouse. I heard that he was fired after being caught in flagrante delicto with the new intern.
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in flaˈgrante (delicto)

(from Latin, literary or humorous) if somebody is found or caught in flagrante, they are discovered doing something that they should not be doing, especially having sex: One of the gentlemen was caught in flagrante with the wife of the club’s President, which of course caused a huge scandal.
The meaning of the Latin phrase is ‘in the heat (of the crime)’.
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Obviously, Sally barged in and caught them in flagrante.
La Minusma, qui a condamne les combats survenus dans le nord du Mali, [beaucoup moins que] en violation flagrante [beaucoup plus grand que] du cessez-le-feu dans la region de Kidal, a invite les parties concernees [beaucoup moins que] a s'inscrire dans les arrangements securitaires dans l'accord de paix d'Alger [beaucoup plus grand que].
Mind you, Mark wouldn't be the first man to come home unexpectedly and find his wife in flagrante delicto.
[beaucoup moins que] Cet acte est une violation flagrante et inacceptable des lois et normes internationales qui garantissent la securite des fonctionnaires et des missions diplomatiques et consulaires [beaucoup plus grand que], a indique Benali Cherif dans une declaration a l'APS.
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