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condign

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Pronunciation: /kənˈdʌɪn
 
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Definition of condign in English:

adjective

formal
(Of punishment or retribution) appropriate to the crime or wrongdoing; fitting and deserved: condign punishment was rare when the criminal was a man of high social standing
More example sentences
  • I may pity him, and even understand his motives, but a murderer is still deserving of condign punishment.
  • As he points out, if the allegation were true, this leak would constitute a serious breach of national security and would merit condign punishment under a 1982 law.
  • Abu Salem's extradition has additional complications, and there is little possibility of his eventually facing condign punishment for his outrageous crimes.

Origin

late Middle English (in the general sense 'worthy, appropriate'): from Old French condigne, from Latin condignus, from con- 'altogether' + dignus 'worthy'.

Derivatives

condignly

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adverb
Example sentences
  • The Roundabout revival features a convincingly horrendous set by John Lee Beatty, aptly atmospheric costuming by Jane Greenwood, and condignly murky lighting by Peter Kaczorowski.
  • Prodigal scenery by Giles Cadle and lavishly impudent costumes by William Ivey Long are condignly lighted by Kenneth Posner; Lane and Bart, inspired comedians, make the good jokes resonate and the poorer ones bearable.
  • Granted, he looks condignly mistakable for his sister, and tries, I imagine, to sound subduedly like her; he still gives a waterlogged performance.

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