1) in the act
2) caught in the act of theft
3) caught in the act of perpetuating any other crime
Part of Speech: adverb
From G1909 and G846 and (the dative singular of) a derivative of φώρ phôr (a thief); in theft itself, that is, (by analogy) in actual crime: - in the very act.
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Perseus Digital Library
University of Chicago's Logion lexicon
Thayer's dictionary plus other information.
From this site's dictionary (in Italian)
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