talion

talion

[tal-ee-uhn]
noun

Origin:
1375–1425; < Latin tāliōn- (stem of tāliō) exaction of compensation in kind; replacing late Middle English talioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above

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talion (ˈtælɪən)
 
n
the system or legal principle of making the punishment correspond to the crime; retaliation
 
[C15: via Old French from Latin tāliō, from tālis such]

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talion

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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