DON’T VACILLATE! VANQUISH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!
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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
Words nearby talion
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Example sentences from the Web for talion
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.South America To-day|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
/ (ˈtælɪən) /
the system or legal principle of making the punishment correspond to the crime; retaliation
Word Origin for talion
C15: via Old French from Latin tāliō, from tālis such
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