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[tal-ee-uh n] /ˈtæl i ən/
late Middle English
1375-1425; < Latin tāliōn- (stem of tāliō) exaction of compensation in kind; replacing late Middle English talioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for talion


the system or legal principle of making the punishment correspond to the crime; retaliation
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin tāliō, from tālis such
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Encyclopedia Article for talion

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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