Definition of lex talionis in English:

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lex talionis

Pronunciation: /lɛks ˌtalɪˈəʊnɪs/


[mass noun]
The law of retaliation, whereby a punishment resembles the offence committed in kind and degree: the lex talionis of feud violence and blood money
More example sentences
  • He defends a strict application of the lex talionis (law of retribution) - that is, he holds to equality both in proportion and in kind of harm inflicted.
  • This was indeed the purpose of the lex talionis.


Latin, from lex 'law' and talio(n-) 'retaliation' (from talis 'such').

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