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mirror punishment

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Possibly a calque translation of Dutch spiegelstraf or German Spiegelstrafe

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mirror punishment (plural mirror punishments)

  1. A form of punishment that reflects the nature of the transgression that it punishes.
    Mirror punishments are often justified by the Biblical phrase 'an eye for an eye'.
    The Sharia (Islamic penal code) rule of amputating a thief's stealing hand is a bloody mirror punishment.

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