Use the adjective condign to describe a fair and fitting punishment, like the condign clean-up work assigned to a group of students after they made a big mess.

There are two ways to correctly pronounce condign: "CON-dine" or "con-DINE." The word comes from Latin: con- means "together, altogether" and dignus means "worthy." So, something that is condign is deserved or appropriate. It especially applies a punishment that is severe but just, meaning the punishment is appropriate for the crime.

Definitions of condign

adj fitting or appropriate and deserved; used especially of punishment

condign censure”
deserved, merited
properly deserved

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