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condign

[kuh n-dahyn] /kənˈdaɪn/
adjective
1.
well-deserved; fitting; adequate:
condign punishment.
Origin of condign
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English condigne < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin condignus, equivalent to con- con- + dignus worthy; see dignity
Related forms
condignly, adverb
Synonyms
appropriate, suitable.
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  • Our guerdon is shame in this world and condign punishment in the next.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • 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 W.H.G. Kingston
  • 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
  • Summary and condign was the punishment that fell on the unlucky Jenny.

    Cats W. Gordon Stables
  • condign means "suitable" or "deserved," not necessarily severe.

    Word Study and English Grammar Frederick W. Hamilton
  • Dicky trembled with rage as he lay, and he resolved on condign revenge.

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
  • I'll after 'em, and see the Traitor brought to condign Punishment.

    The Stolen Heiress Susanna Centlivre
  • She turned upon her guest the cold eyes of a condign destiny.

    The Helpmate

    May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for condign

condign

/kənˈdaɪn/
adjective
1.
(esp of a punishment) fitting; deserved
Derived Forms
condignly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French condigne, from Latin condignus, from dignus worthy
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Word Origin and History for condign
adj.

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.

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