If someone were to ask you what the definition of evil was, you may respond with a number of different answers. For instance, you may use synonyms like cruel, heinous, atrocious, vile, or depraved. You may present a particular scenario, like a crime or social catastrophe, that engenders a dark or twisted human action. Or you may simply name a person who, either currently or in the past, has done something so unimaginable you belief they encompass the quintessence of the word evil by themselves. Given all of these options, I ask you: can society agree on what makes a person's actions evil? They can.
A research study known as The Depravity Standard has been underway for the past several years that seeks to extract the public's opinion on what makes a crime particularly heinous, or all around bad.