hostis humani generis

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Noun[edit]

hostis humani generis

  1. (law) an "enemy of mankind", one who is beyond legal protection

Usage notes[edit]

Originally applied to maritime pirates and to slave-traders; now also applied to torturers. Any nation may deal with (try or punish) a person designated "hostis humani generis" as they see fit.

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