malum in se

Definition of "malum in se"
  1. An act that's inherently wrong, violating basic principles of civilized society, regardless of whether a specific law deems it illegal, such as murder, rape, or theft
How to use "malum in se" in a sentence
  1. Murder, being malum in se, is universally recognized as inherently wrong.
  2. Theft, unlike breaking a traffic rule, is malum in se and morally unacceptable in any society.
  3. Rape is considered malum in se, as it fundamentally violates human dignity and rights.

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