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  1. well-deserved; fitting; adequate: condign punishment.
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Origin of condign

1375–1425; late Middle English condigne < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin condignus, equivalent to con- con- + dignus worthy; see dignity
Related formscon·dign·ly, adverb

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Historical Examples of condign

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for condign


  1. (esp of a punishment) fitting; deserved
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Derived Formscondignly, adverb

Word Origin for condign

C15: from Old French condigne, from Latin condignus, from dignus worthy
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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.

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