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An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
Mahatma Gandhi

Meaning of "an eye for an eye" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF AN EYE FOR AN EYE

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WHAT DOES AN EYE FOR AN EYE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Eye for an eye

An eye for an eye or the "law" of retaliation, is the principle that a person who has injured another person is penalized to a similar degree, or in softer interpretations, the victim receives the value of the injury in compensation. The principle is sometimes referred using the Latin term lex talionis or the law of talion, the English word talion means a retaliation authorized by law, in which the punishment corresponds in kind and degree to the injury.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE AN EYE FOR AN EYE

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an ace up one´s sleeve
an arm and a leg
an axe to grind
an iron fist
an iron fist in a velvet glove
An Lu Shan
an open book
an overgrown child
an´t
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anabaena
anabantid
Anabaptism
Anabaptist
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anabaptize
anabas
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WORDS THAT END LIKE AN EYE FOR AN EYE

apple of one´s eye
beady eye
black eye
eagle eye
easy on the eye
electric eye
evil eye
half an eye
hook and eye
in the public eye
mind´s eye
more than meets the eye
my eye
not bat an eye
private eye
red eye
see eye to eye
smack in the eye
third eye
turn a blind eye

Synonyms and antonyms of an eye for an eye in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «AN EYE FOR AN EYE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «an eye for an eye» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of an eye for an eye

Translation of «an eye for an eye» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF AN EYE FOR AN EYE

Find out the translation of an eye for an eye to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of an eye for an eye from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «an eye for an eye» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

以眼还眼
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

ojo por ojo
570 millions of speakers

English

an eye for an eye
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

एक आंख के लिए एक आंख
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

العين بالعين
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Око за око
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

olho por olho
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

চোখের বদলে চোখ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

œil pour œil
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Mata untuk mata
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Auge um Auge
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

目には目を
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

눈에는 눈
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Mripat kanggo mripat
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

mắt đền mắt
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கண்ணுக்கு கண்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

एक डोळा एक डोळा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

göze göz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

occhio per occhio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Oko za oko
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Око за око
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ochi pentru ochi
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ένα μάτι για ένα μάτι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

´n oog vir ´n oog
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

öga för öga
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

et øye for et øye
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of an eye for an eye

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «AN EYE FOR AN EYE»

The term «an eye for an eye» is very widely used and occupies the 6.912 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «AN EYE FOR AN EYE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about an eye for an eye

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2 QUOTES WITH «AN EYE FOR AN EYE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word an eye for an eye.
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Margaret Atwood
An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.
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Mahatma Gandhi
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «AN EYE FOR AN EYE»

Discover the use of an eye for an eye in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to an eye for an eye and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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An eye for an eye
Tells how German Nazis in Poland after the war were put in concentration camps, and recounts the story of Lola Blatt, a Jewish survivor, who was placed in charge of one of the camps
John Sack, 1993
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Double Cross
One small decision can change everything . . . The fourth novel in Malorie Blackman's powerful Noughts & Crosses sequence.
Malorie Blackman, 2009
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An Eye for an Eye: A Story of the Revolutionary War
In 1775 fourteen-year-old Samantha, who should be wearing dresses, knows that in britches she can out-hunt her twin and out-sail her older brother near their James River home, but can she use those skills against the British when the ...
Peter Roop, Connie Roop, 2004
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An Eye for an Eye
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process.
Trollope Anthony, 2009
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An Eye for an Eye: The Immorality of Punishing by Death
The death penalty issue has become the epitome of the unresolvable issue, the question which people answer on the basis of gut reactions rather than logical arguments. In the second edition of An Eye for an Eye?
Stephen Nathanson, 2001
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An Eye for an Eye
Sandy, a young psychic who specializes in finding missing persons, begins to suspect something is amiss when she is hired to find a mogul's business partner.
Janet Lorimer, 2009
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An Eye for an Eye
As U.S. combat strength dwindles after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the government finds it necessary to hire civilian defense contracting companies to fill in the thin lines.
E. F. Bilby, 2008
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Eye for an Eye
One psychopath. One killer. The Stabber. Six victims, all wife beaters. Each stabbed to death through their left eye. The cobbled lanes and backstreets of St Andrews provide the setting for these brutal killings.
T F Muir, 2012
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Eye for an Eye
A prison psychologist tries to track down a teen whos out to kill the gang that murdered her sister.
Joel Ross, 2004
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Eye for an Eye, An (Heroes of Quantico Book #2): A Novel
Can Mark put the pieces together, keep Emily safe, and rekindle a relationship at the same time? A fast-paced tale of romance, suspense, and intrigue, An Eye for an Eye is the exciting second book in the Heroes of Quantico series.
Irene Hannon, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «AN EYE FOR AN EYE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term an eye for an eye is used in the context of the following news items.
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It's time for hate groups to be illegal
An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth. They [African-Americans] have spilled our blood too long. It's about time someone spilled theirs.” Robert Jones, the head of ... «MinnPost, Jul 15»
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Why did Sisi back out of African Union Summit?
An eye for an eye is not the principle we follow in our relations,” Shibani said. He added that relations between governments are governed by ... «Al-Monitor, Jul 15»
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Relevance of Mahatma
Gandhi once said: “An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.” But triumph achieved through non-violence is a win-win state of affairs. «The Statesman, Jul 15»
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Politics is not going to develop nation: Rajnath
On the issue of violation of cease fire by counterpart nation Pakistan, Mr Singh said, "We know how to give take an eye for an eye, if they fire ... «Web India, Jul 15»
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An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind
Just a few weeks after the second anniversary of the Gezi Park protests, Taksim Square and İstiklal Caddesi were once more the sites of action ... «Today's Zaman, Jul 15»
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Bookends: Omaha author wins three national awards
Book group: The Killing Time Book Group will discuss “An Eye for an Eye” by T. Frank Muir, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, The Bookworm. Workshop: ... «Omaha World-Herald, Jul 15»
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Shining a light on dark world
An eye for an eye." Face it, only the hopelessly sanctimonious could see in that exchange something incompatible with the GAA we lovingly ... «Irish Independent, Jul 15»
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Locals Celebrate Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision
would retaliate with 'an eye for an eye.' It has been a relief to witness a nonviolent response to discrimination. Most of all though is the joy and ... «Philipstown.info, Jul 15»
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Kremer's Corner: Taking down rebel flag is just a start
How many of us in a similar situation would be willing to forgive and not ask for an eye for an eye? Not everybody down South agrees with the ... «The Island Now, Jul 15»
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Hero and The Terror
Remember when we recommended An Eye For An Eye as a go-to 1980s Chuck Norris action vehicle? (It was, like, two days ago.) ... «Under the Radar Mag, Jul 15»

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