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talion

[tal-ee-uh n]
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noun
  1. lex talionis.

Origin of talion

1375–1425; < Latin tāliōn- (stem of tāliō) exaction of compensation in kind; replacing late Middle English talioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
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Historical Examples

  • In the primitive code of the talion nothing was more simple—an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth—thou hast killed; I kill thee.

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    Georges Clemenceau

  • But it is to be questioned whether the rule of talion is the right one for the Kabyles.


British Dictionary definitions for talion

talion

noun
  1. the system or legal principle of making the punishment correspond to the crime; retaliation

Word Origin

C15: via Old French from Latin tāliō, from tālis such
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