Definition of lex talionis in English:

lex talionis


  • [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’
    • ‘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.’
    revenge, vengeance, reprisal, retribution, requital, recrimination, getting even, redress, repayment, payback
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Latin, from lex law and talio(n-) retaliation (from talis such).


lex talionis

/lɛks ˌtalɪˈəʊnɪs/