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lex talionis
The law of retaliation.

This phrase refers to the practice of punishment in kind, dating back at least to the Old Testament, yet much in vogue today in some societies; in other words, "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth".

This entry is located in the following units: Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group L (page 2) tali- (page 1)