condign

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adjective con·dign \kən-ˈdīn, ˈkän-ˌ\

Definition of condign

  1. :  deserved, appropriate condign punishment

condignly

adverb

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Examples of condign in a sentence

  1. a suspension without pay is condign punishment for breaking the company's code of business ethics

Did You Know?

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."

Origin and Etymology of condign

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


First Known Use: 15th century



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