Definition of lex talionis in English:

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lex talionis

Pronunciation: /ˈleks ˌtälēˈōnis/ Pronunciation: /ˌtalē-/


The law of retaliation, whereby a punishment resembles the offense committed in kind and degree.
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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Syllabification: lex ta·li·o·nis

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