moral turpitude

moral turpitude
noun
1. : an act or behavior that gravely violates the moral sentiment or accepted moral standards of the community; especially : sexual immorality

was considered unfit to hold office because of moral turpitude

2. : the morally culpable quality held to be present in some criminal offenses as distinguished from others

permits may be denied for bad moral character … or conviction for an offense involving moral turpitude — David Fellman

— compare malum prohibitum

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1. conduct that is regarded as immoral.
2. an instance of such conduct.
[1875-80]

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moral turpitude,
Law. low or depraved conduct; conduct that offends the moral sense.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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