from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Deserved; adequate: "On sober reflection, such worries over a man's condign punishment seemed senseless” ( Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Fitting, appropriate, deserved, especially denoting punishment
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Worthy; suitable; deserving; fit.
- adj. Deserved; adequate; suitable to the fault or crime.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. fitting or appropriate and deserved; used especially of punishment
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)
From Old (and modern) French condigne, from Latin condignus, from con- + dignus ‘worthy’. (Wiktionary)