from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A punishment identical to the offense, as the death penalty for murder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Retaliation; retribution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Retaliation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The law of retaliation, according to which the punishment inflicted corresponds in kind and degree to the injury, as an eye for an eye, or a tooth for a tooth. This mode of punishment was established by the Mosaic law (Lev. xxiv. 20).
  • n. Revenge; retaliation.
  • n. A slip of a tree.


Middle English talioun, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin tāliō, tāliōn-; see telə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French talion, from Latin talis ("such"). (Wiktionary)



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  • The logophile suffers a curse
    That tolerance only makes worse.
    In keeping with talion
    The sesquipedalian
    Is sentenced to writing in verse.

    October 4, 2015