con·​dign | \ kən-ˈdīn How to pronounce condign (audio) , ˈkän-ˌdīn How to pronounce condign (audio) \

Definition of condign

: deserved, appropriate condign punishment

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Other Words from condign

condignly adverb

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In his 1755 Dictionary of the English Language, lexicographer Samuel Johnson noted that "condign" was "always used of something deserved by crimes." Even today, it is most likely to be used to modify "punishment" or a related word, such as "redress," "justice," or "chastisement." And yet, "condign" (which traces to Latin com-, meaning "thoroughly," and dignus, meaning "worthy") once meant "worthy" or "of equal worth or dignity" in English. How did such a word get chained to "punishment"? It was apparently so condemned in the 1500s by the phraseology of the Tudor Acts of Parliament: "Former statutes … for lacke of condigne punishment … be littell feared or regarded."

Examples of condign in a Sentence

a suspension without pay is condign punishment for breaking the company's code of business ethics
Recent Examples on the Web His sickness is condign affirmation of his manifold failures, arrogance and incompetence. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Outside Walter Reed, a Misinformation Epidemic," 5 Oct. 2020 That means reversal of Scruton’s ritual humiliation — and equally condign sanctions against the man who willfully deceived his readers and the public about Scruton’s views. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Where’s the Outrage at the Smear of Roger Scruton?," 17 July 2019 Here’s the problem: There is no satisfying, condign punishment for boorish behavior like Ansari’s. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Feminists, Stop Bad Sex Before It Happens," 16 Jan. 2018 Journalism’s year of travails, stumbles, goofs, errors, retractions, suspensions, and firings is nemesis of the most vengeful, condign sort. Varad Mehta, National Review, "A Faulty Restart," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of condign

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for condign

Middle English condigne, from Anglo-French, from Latin condignus, from com- + dignus worthy — more at decent

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“Condign.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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