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lex talionis

[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.
Also called talion.
Origin of lex talionis
1590-1600; < Latin lēx taliōnis law of talion Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for lex-talionis

lex talionis

the law of revenge or retaliation
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C16: New Latin
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lex talionis

1590s, Latin, "law of retaliation," from talionis, genitive of talio (see retaliation); an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

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