talion

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French talion, from Latin talis (such).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

talion (uncountable)

  1. Retaliation; retribution.
    • 1973, Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow:
      Simple talion may be fine for wartime, but politics between wars demands symmetry and a more elegant idea of justice, even to the point of masquerading, a bit decadently, as mercy.

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Esperanto[edit]

Noun[edit]

talion

  1. accusative singular of talio

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

talion m (uncountable)

  1. retaliation

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First known attestation in 1395[1], borrowing from Latin tāliō.

Noun[edit]

talion f (plural talions)

  1. punishment consisting of the offender having done to him or her what he or she has done to the victim

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "talion" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).