malum in se
- 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
- Murder, being malum in se, is universally recognized as inherently wrong.
- Theft, unlike breaking a traffic rule, is malum in se and morally unacceptable in any society.
- Rape is considered malum in se, as it fundamentally violates human dignity and rights.