One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(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’
well earned, well deserved, earned, merited, warranted, justified, justifiableView synonyms
- ‘Can liberals accept that an 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?’
- ‘I may pity him, and even understand his motives, but a murderer is still deserving of condign punishment.’
- ‘There will be condign punishment for any MSP who fails to make at least one long and tedious speech a month about a minor constituency matter.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Victims, on the other hand, united only in their grief, plead for no more than the solace that a condign sentence would bring.’
- ‘A month later, condign civilian behaviour is less easy to judge.’
- ‘Abu Salem's extradition has additional complications, and there is little possibility of his eventually facing condign punishment for his outrageous crimes.’
- ‘Strategic targets involve the use of large devices in order to create massive and condign destruction; tactical ones would be attacked by smaller devices with effects limited to an immediate and defined area.’
- ‘He was pursued up the tunnel by Jock and had to lock himself in the dressing room to avoid condign punishment.’
- ‘Do not compound this further by harming yourself with doubt, or believing that your treatment is condign.’
Late Middle English (in the general sense ‘worthy, appropriate’): from Old French condigne, from Latin condignus, from con- ‘altogether’ + dignus ‘worthy’.
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