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condign (adj) (of punishments) deserved; suitable.

When a punishment given to a person, you feel, is suitable or adequate for the crime they have committed, then you think it is condign. 'A condign punishment in this case of murder out of revenge will be death by hanging.' This means that death by hanging is a condign punishment, that is, a well deserved punishment. Hitler's fall from power and his consequent suicide are condign punishments for his sins.

  • While all were demanding a condign punishment for the man who burnt her husband and son to death, Mrs. Stains just prayed that God have mercy on them.
  • The death punishment handed out to Phil for raping and murdering Vera, her mother Clara felt, was condign and any lesser punishment in her opinion would have been less than just.
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