comeuppance

[ kuhm-uhp-uh ns ]
/ ˌkʌmˈʌp əns /

noun Informal.

deserved reward or just deserts, usually unpleasant: He finally got his comeuppance for his misbehavior.

Nearby words

  1. comestible,
  2. comet,
  3. cometary,
  4. cometh,
  5. cometic,
  6. comex,
  7. comfit,
  8. comfort,
  9. comfort food,
  10. comfort letter

Origin of comeuppance

1855–60, Americanism; from phrase come up + -ance

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British Dictionary definitions for comeuppance

comeuppance

/ (ˌkʌmˈʌpəns) /

noun

informal just retribution

Word Origin for comeuppance

C19: from come up (in the sense: to appear before a judge or court for judgment)

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Word Origin and History for comeuppance

comeuppance

n.

also comeupance, 1859, presumably rooted in verbal phrase come up "present oneself for judgment before a tribunal" + -ance.

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