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Jun 3, 2016
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condign

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condign

PRONUNCIATION:
(kuhn-DYN)

MEANING:
adjective: Well-deserved, appropriate.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English condigne, from Anglo French, from Latin condignus, from com- (completely) + dignus (worthy). Ultimately from Indo-European root dek- (to take, accept), which is the ancestor of other words such as dignity, discipline, doctor, decorate, docile, and deign. Earliest documented use: 1413.

USAGE:
“Were [Trump] to be nominated, conservatives would have two tasks. One would be to help him lose 50 states -- condign punishment for his comprehensive disdain for conservative essentials, including the manners and grace that should lubricate the nation’s civic life.”
George F. Will; If Trump is Nominated, the GOP Must Keep Him Out of the White House; The Washington Post; Apr 29, 2016. (WebCite)

See more usage examples of condign in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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