- to repay; remunerate; reward, as for service, aid, etc.
- to pay or give compensation for; make restitution or requital for (damage, injury, or the like).
- to make compensation for something; repay someone: no attempt to recompense for our trouble.
- compensation, as for an injury, wrong, etc.: to make recompense for the loss one's carelessness has caused.
- a repayment or requital, as for favors, gifts, etc.
- a remuneration or reward, as for services, aid, or the like.
Origin of recompense
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Examples from the Web for recompense
This was the recompense of which she had dreamed through soul-tearing ages.Within the Law
This they did as a recompense for our valour and devotion in our country's service.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
But beyond his emoluments as a partner in the invention, Alfred Vail had no recompense.Heroes of the Telegraph
In the end he waited; and had his disappointment for recompense.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
And to myself I thought of what recompense already had been mine.The Suitors of Yvonne
- (tr) to pay or reward for service, work, etc
- (tr) to compensate for loss, injury, etc
- compensation for loss, injury, etcto make recompense
- reward, remuneration, or repayment
Word Origin and History for recompense
early 15c., from Middle French recompense (13c.), related to recompenser "make good, recompense" from Late Latin recompensare (see recompense (v.)).
c.1400, "to redress," from Middle French recompenser (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin recompensare "to reward, remunerate," from Latin re- "again" (see re-) + compensare "balance out," literally "weigh together" (see compensate). From early 15c. as "to compensate." Related: Recompensed; recompensing.