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con·dign

 (kən-dīn′)
adj.
Deserved; adequate: "On sober reflection, such worries over a man's condign punishment seemed senseless" (Henry Louis Gates, Jr.).

[Middle English condigne, from Old French, from Latin condignus : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots.]

con·dign′ly adv.
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At a particular point in the history of the Middle East, however, a concatenation of notions and perceptions seems to have appeared that steadily worked toward the denigration (an evocative word in itself) of particular peoples, depicting them as intrinsically inferior, as "naturally" unnatural and so condignly subject to low, servile status--and increasingly, in the postbiblical rabbinical comment and exegesis, and in the early Christian patristic writings that also rested on a biblical-scriptural base, the Curse of Ham was made to act, or created to act as, the prime rationale for black inferiority, rejection from civilization, and so as an understandable, even obligatory subjection to slave status.
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