- Law. a misdemeanor; offense.
- Roman and Civil Law. a civil wrong permitting compensation.
- law, mainly Scots law a wrongful act for which the person injured has the right to a civil remedySee also tort
- Roman law a civil wrong redressable by compensation or punitive damages
1520s, from Latin delictum “fault, offense, crime,” neuter singular of past participle of delinquere (see delinquent). Phrase in flagrant delict translates Latin in flagrante delicto.