lex talionis








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  1. the principle or law of retaliation that a punishment inflicted should correspond in degree and kind to the offense of the wrongdoer, as an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth; retributive justice.

noun

  1. the law of revenge or retaliation

1590s, Latin, “law of retaliation,” from talionis, genitive of talio (see retaliation); an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
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