punishment that exacts a penalty corresponding in kind to the crime
Origin of talionMiddle English talioun from Middle French talion from Classical Latin talio (gen. talionis) from talis, such: see that
- The principle that punishment should be equivalent or identical to the offense committed.
- The imposition of such a punishment.
Origin of talionMiddle English talioun from Anglo-Norman from Latin tāliō tāliōn-; see telə- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle French talion, from Latin talis (“such").