American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Deserved; adequate: "On sober reflection, such worries over a man's condign punishment seemed senseless” ( Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Deserving; worthy: applied to persons.
- Well-deserved; worthily bestowed; merited; suitable: applied to things— With reference to praise or thanks.
- With reference to censure, punishment, or what is of the nature of punishment: the more common use.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Worthy; suitable; deserving; fit.
- adj. Deserved; adequate; suitable to the fault or crime.
- adj. fitting or appropriate and deserved; used especially of punishment
- From Old (and modern) French condigne, from Latin condignus, from con- + dignus ‘worthy’. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English condigne, from Old French, from Latin condignus : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Adequate merit, also called condign merit, is merit in the strictest sense of the term; it requires proportion between service and reward.”
“From this we note that the Guardian too does not regard support for sharia law – which involves of necessity subordinating English law and liberty to principles such as condign punishment for gays and adulterers, second class status and misery for women and ...”
“From this we note that the Guardian too does not regard support for sharia law – which involves of necessity subordinating English law and liberty to principles such as condign punishment for gays and adulterers, second class status and misery for women and the death sentence for apostates (including those to the Guardian’s favourite religion, atheism) -- as extreme.”
“Gusty, put the names of all offenders down on a slate, and when I return 'condign' is the word; an 'see, Gusty -- mairk me well -- no bribery -- no bread nor buttons, nor any other materials of corruption from the culprits -- otherwise you shall become their substitute in the castigation, and I shall teach you to look one way and feel another, my worthy con-disciple. ”
“Transition to Christianity: Art of Late Antiquity, 3rd - 7th Century A.D." offers a corrective to the rampant consumerism of our day with a condign lesson in Christianity's classical roots and intense devotions while also reminding us that a trade in objects flourished from its earliest times.”
“But I felt that Tommy's championing of the lit de soleil, as it's known in Maryhill, was courageous and condign.”
“So welcome, then, El Hadji Diouf, to Scotland, cradle of the enlightenment and beacon of condign behaviour at all times in a dark world.”
“Having a string of MPs carted off to start some really condign sentences would be a satisfactory and welcome start to this particular programme.”
“Searching for the word which will bring her back to her senses, I writhe in condign pain witnessing the emotional cacophony which subsumes her.”
“Torture and its condign and unmistakable punishment by B. Ross Ashley on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010 at 1: 57: 40 PM”
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