the principle or law of retaliation that a punishment inflicted should correspond in degree and kind to the offense of the wrongdoer, as an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth; retributive justice.
- Also called talion.
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How to use lex talionis in a sentence
With the latter, the lex talionis—the law of retaliation—governs the basic rules of “eye for an eye” justice.
It is time that the lex talionis should be applied to those who have so often made themselves merry at our expense.
In the prairies of the Far West, this law is exactly the same as the ancient lex talionis of the Hebrews.The Trapper's Daughter | Gustave Aimard
The lex talionis has been abolished by the law of civilization and the higher law of the gospel.The Vote That Made the President | David Dudley Field
In fact, it seems that a savage lex talionis is wholly satisfying to the feudists on both sides.Violence and the Labor Movement | Robert Hunter
Perhaps she has something to complain of; but if she has any conscience at all, she ought to recognize the lex talionis.Guy Livingstone; | George A. Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for lex talionis
the law of revenge or retaliation
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