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 tali&omacron;, tali&omacron;n-; see tel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle French talion, from Latin talis (“such").