One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The law of retaliation, whereby a punishment resembles the offense committed in kind and degree.‘the lex talionis of feud violence and blood money’
revenge, vengeance, reprisal, retribution, requital, recrimination, an eye for an eye, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, getting even, redress, repayment, paybackView synonyms
- ‘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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