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The code was the Lex Talionis modified by the rank and influence of the defendant.

The only just law ever made was the lex talionis, and Nature recognises that frequently.

This appears in its most rudimentary form in the lex talionis.

The law was one of retaliation and not of justice,—lex talionis—eye for eye, tooth for tooth, stripe for stripe.

He alone enjoys the lex talionis, and glories in carrying it into execution.

It is time that the lex talionis should be applied to those who have so often made themselves merry at our expense.

The lex talionis has been abolished by the law of civilization and the higher law of the gospel.

Horrible mutilations were common—with all the vindictive modes of punishment known to the lex talionis.

The vendetta, a result of the lex talionis of "eye for eye and tooth for tooth," flourishes still.

It was concubinage, slavery, polygamy, the lex talionis made eternal institutions.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, Latin, "law of retaliation," from talionis, genitive of talio (see retaliation); an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

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