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condign adj : fitting or appropriate and deserved; used especially of punishment; "condign censure"

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From Old (and modern) French condigne, from Latin condignus, from con- + dignus ‘worthy’.


IPA: /kən'dʌɪn/


  1. Fitting, appropriate, especially denoting punishment


Late 1500's:
Unless it were a bloody murderer,
Or foul felonious thief that fleeced poor passengers,
I never gave them condign punishment:
— William Shakespeare, Henry VI Part ii, Act 3, Scene 1
1885: Pooh-bah
And so,
I wish to go,
And greatly pine
To brightly shine,
And take the line
Of a hero fine,
With grief condign
I must decline --
— William Schwenk Gilbert, The Mikado, Act I
1962: For a Christian, no Beyond is acceptable or imaginable without the participation of God in our eternal destiny, and this in turn implies a condign punishment for every sin, great and small. —Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire
2004: [A]n undervote usually reflects either voter carelessness, for which the voter suffers the condign punishment of an unrecorded preference, or reflects the voter's choice not to express a preference[.] — By George F. Will, Voters' Obligations in The Washington Post, October 21, 2004.

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