- well-deserved; fitting; adequate: condign punishment.
Origin of condign
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Examples from the Web for condign
Our guerdon is shame in this world and condign punishment in the next.The Life of Cesare Borgia
Indemnity, swift and condign, does what mortal hand can do to heal the hurt.
Enraged at this, Noakes threatened the malcontents with condign punishment.Paul Gerrard
Instantly he detected the culprit, and condign punishment followed.Animal Intelligence
George J. Romanes
"With your permission," he replied, with condign simplicity.Edith and John
Franklin S. Farquhar
- (esp of a punishment) fitting; deserved
Word Origin and History for condign
late 15c., "well-deserved," from Old French condigne "deserved, appropriate, equal in wealth," from Latin condignus "wholly worthy," from com- "together, altogether" (see com-) + dignus "worthy" (see dignity). Of punishment, "deservedly severe," from 1510s, which by Johnson's day (1755) was the only use.