[ leks tal-ee-oh-nis ]
/ ˈlɛks ˌtæl iˈoʊ nɪs /
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.
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Also called talion.
Origin of lex talionis
First recorded in 1590–1600, lex talionis is from the Latin word lēx taliōnis law of talion
Words nearby lex talionis
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British Dictionary definitions for lex talionis
/ (ˌtælɪˈəʊnɪs) /
the law of revenge or retaliation
Word Origin for lex talionis
C16: New Latin
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