lex talionis

Latin, ‘law of retaliation’. It is expressed in Exod. 21:23–5, and the intention is to terminate an ongoing process of acts of revenge once and for all, by ensuring that punishment did not exceed the original injury. Even this limited response is prohibited in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:38 f.).

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  • lex talionis — 1590s, Latin, law of retaliation, from talionis, gen. of talio (see RETALIATION (Cf. retaliation)); an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth …   Etymology dictionary

  • lex talionis — the law of retribution in kind: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth . Collins dictionary of law. W. J. Stewart. 2001 …   Law dictionary

  • lex talionis — [tā΄lē ō′nis] n. [L] the law of retaliation …   English World dictionary

  • lex talionis — /leks tal ee oh nis/ 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. Also called talion. [1590… …   Universalium

  • lex talionis* — lex ta•li•o•nis [[t]ˈlɛks ˌtæl iˈoʊ nɪs[/t]] n. lat. law the law of retaliation, as an eye for an eye …   From formal English to slang

  • Lex talionis — Unter Talion oder ius talionis versteht man eine Rechtsfigur, nach der zwischen dem Schaden, der einem Opfer zugefügt wurde, und dem Schaden, der dem Täter zugefügt werden soll, ein Gleichgewicht angestrebt wird. Der Begriff ius talionis setzt… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • lex talionis — [lɛks ˌtalɪ əʊnɪs] noun the law of retaliation, whereby a punishment resembles the offence committed in kind and degree. Origin L., from lex law and talio(n ) retaliation (from talis such ) …   English new terms dictionary

  • Lex talionis — Loi du Talion La Loi du talion, une des plus anciennes lois existantes, consiste en la juste réciprocité du crime et de la peine. Cette loi est souvent symbolisée par l’expression Œil pour œil, dent pour dent. Elle caractérise un état… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Lex talionis — …   Википедия

  • lex talionis — noun law of equivalent retaliation …   Wiktionary

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