Definition of lex talionis in English:

lex talionis

Line breaks: lex tali|onis
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
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    • 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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