well-deserved; fitting; adequate: condign punishment.

Nearby words

  1. condescend,
  2. condescendence,
  3. condescending,
  4. condescension,
  5. condescent,
  6. condignity,
  7. condignly,
  8. condillac,
  9. condillac, étienne bonnot de,
  10. condiment

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for condign



(esp of a punishment) fitting; deserved
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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