condign

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Adjective[edit]

condign (comparative more condign, superlative most condign)

  1. (rare) Fitting, appropriate, deserved, especially denoting punishment

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Quotations[edit]

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,
Although
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.