lex talionis

[ leks-tal-ee-oh-nis ]
/ ˈlɛks ˌtæl iˈoʊ nɪs /
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Definition of lex talionis

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; from Latin lēx tāliōnis “law of talion” (see talion)
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British Dictionary definitions for lex talionis

lex talionis
/ (ˌtælɪˈəʊnɪs) /

the law of revenge or retaliation

Word Origin for lex talionis

C16: New Latin
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