lex talionis

lex talionis

[leks tal-ee-oh-nis]
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.

1590–1600; < Latin lēx taliōnis law of talion

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lex talionis (ˌtælɪˈəʊnɪs)
the law of revenge or retaliation
[C16: New Latin]

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Word Origin & History

lex talionis
1590s, from L., "law of retaliation;" an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
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lex talionis

principle developed in early Babylonian law and present in both biblical and early Roman law that criminals should receive as punishment precisely those injuries and damages they had inflicted upon their victims. Many early societies applied this "eye-for-an-eye" principle literally.

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