• WordNet 3.6
    • adj condign fitting or appropriate and deserved; used especially of punishment "condign censure"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Condign Deserved; adequate; suitable to the fault or crime. "Condign censure.""Unless it were a bloody murderer . . . I never gave them condign punishment."
    • Condign Worthy; suitable; deserving; fit. "Condign and worthy praise.""Herself of all that rule she deemend most condign ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • condign Deserving; worthy: applied to persons.
    • condign Well-deserved; worthily bestowed; merited; suitable: applied to things— With reference to praise or thanks.
    • condign With reference to censure, punishment, or what is of the nature of punishment: the more common use.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Condign kon-dīn′ well merited: adequate (of punishment)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. condigne, L. condignus, very worthy; con-, + dignus, worthy. See Deign, and cf. Digne
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. condignuscon, wholly, dignus, worthy.


In literature:

Is there grace of condignity in them?
"The Well in the Desert" by Emily Sarah Holt
He was caught and hauled away into the schoolroom to receive condign punishment.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
They were further threatened with condign punishment for offering to bribe the guard.
"Sword and Pen" by John Algernon Owens
Indemnity, swift and condign, does what mortal hand can do to heal the hurt.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877" by Various
The condign punishment of those convicted did not meet the requirements of the Chinese authorities.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, November, 1863" by Various
Could he have realized that her saving grace might avert condign punishment?
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
The only immediate results of the discovery to Radisson and Groseilliers were condign punishment, disgrace, and almost utter ruin.
"The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay" by Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
When caught, these were condignly punished.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
It was moved in Parliament to address the king "to bring to condign punishment" such men as Otis and Adams and Hancock.
"The Trial of Theodore Parker" by Theodore Parker
If I'd had my strength back I'd a' condigned his head off.
"Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6) The Deacon's Adventures At Chattanooga In Caring For The Boys" by John McElroy
This would probably bring on a war, but not condign punishment upon Kuliso.
"A Veldt Vendetta" by Bertram Mitford
He fled towards the outposts of the camp, but there, thanks to the gods, he met with condign punishment.
"The Casque's Lark" by Eugène Sue
Such an inhuman behaviour soon met with a condign punishment.
"The Life or Legend of Gaudama" by Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
It is probable they took regular and legal means to bring him to condign punishment as a Sabbath-breaker.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
It is probable that pork-butchers and fruit-vendors exercised condign justice on the children of my Muse.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first" by Count Carlo Gozzi
In a sense it might go sorely against the grain to speak of his ancestors as sinning grievously and meriting condign punishment.
"Judges and Ruth" by Robert A. Watson
The latter escaped from prison, but the principal in this outrage suffered condign punishment in February, 1753.
"English and Scottish Ballads, Volume VI (of 8)" by Various
To them Frederick was a mere aggressor, on whom they were bound to inflict condign punishment.
"The Thirty Years' War" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
Nothing could have been done to stop it which was not done, except the detection and condign punishment of the offenders.
"British Quarterly Review, American Edition, Volume LIV" by Various
At first, as was said, others characterize an act with favorable or condign qualities which they impute to an agent's character.
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey

In poetry:

No merit but of paction could
Of men or angels e'er be told;
The God-man only was so high
To merit by condignity.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
I'm both unfetter'd and involv'd.
By law condemn'd, by law absolv'd.
My guilt condignly punish'd see,
Yet I the guilty wretch go free.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Permit not thou one servant of them all,
To swear by his Creator's holy name —
Or give that person, whether great or small,
Due and condign correction for the same.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
And who have reeled beneath the yoke of wine
Have trodden hell; and heaven to them, condign,
Revealed, needs never thought or tongue to tell
The suffering and the bliss which they divine.
"Omar Dead" by E J Rupert Atkinson
condign Heaven. Tighten into a ball
elongate & valved Henry. Tuck him peace.
Render him sightless,
or ruin at high rate his crampon focus,
wipe out his need. Reduce him to the rest of us.
—But, Bones, you is that.
"Dream Song 25: Henry, edged, decidedly, made up stories" by John Berryman