Origin of reckoning
Synonyms for reckoning
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to include in consideration or planning; anticipate: He hadn't reckoned with so many obstacles.
- to deal with: I have to reckon with many problems every day.
Origin of reckon
Synonyms for reckon
Related Words for reckoningcalculation, estimation, invoice, cost, tab, summation, settlement, check, debt, working, addition, due, charge, score, statement, arithmetic, IOU, fee, estimate, grunt
Examples from the Web for reckoning
Contemporary Examples of reckoning
The day of reckoning has arrived not just in Ferguson, Missouri, but also across America.Justice Was Served in Ferguson—This Isn’t Jim Crow America
November 25, 2014
What should have been a moment of reckoning for a selfish, serial liar instead ended with us pitying him.The Walking Dead’s ‘Self Help’: A Grim Show Displays Its Comedy Streak, and A Major Reveal
November 10, 2014
Regardless of how talented or athletic or smart the people are, death seems to be the reckoning that will eventually come.The High-Flying Secrets of BASE Jumpers
August 4, 2014
Oh, and no truth to the rumor that director Michael Bay has since optioned a script titled Hotelicopter: The Reckoning.5 Epic April Fool’s Day Pranks
April 1, 2014
But the cold hard numbers that Korb advances foreshadow a day of reckoning, just not yet.The H.M.O. That Kills Terrorists
February 27, 2014
Historical Examples of reckoning
He was sure she would be exactly suited to the part in "The Reckoning."Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Where this was, is more than I know; for I was not in a state to keep a ship's reckoning.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Yes, Mr. Clawbonny, he is reckoning on a good feed of human flesh!The Field of Ice
He told me once there should be a day of reckoning between us, sooner or later.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
Sin' thou knowest me, thou knowest also that he who feasteth with me must pay his reckoning.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Word Origin for reckon
early 14c., "narrative, account," verbal noun from reckon (v.). Meaning "a settling of accounts" is from mid-14c.; that of "calculation" is from late 14c. Cf. Dutch rekening "a bill, account, reckoning," Old High German rechenunga, German rechnung, Danish regning "a reckoning, computation." Day of reckoning attested from c.1600.
c.1200, recenen, from Old English gerecenian "to explain, relate, recount," from West Germanic *(ga)rekenojanan (cf. Old Frisian rekenia, Middle Dutch and Dutch rekenen, Old High German rehhanon, German rechnen, Gothic rahnjan "to count, reckon"), from Proto-Germanic *rakinaz "ready, straightforward," from PIE *reg- "to move in a straight line," with derivatives meaning "direct in a straight line, rule" (see regal).
Intransitive sense "make a computation" is from c.1300. In I reckon, the sense is "hold an impression or opinion," and the expression, used parenthetically, dates from c.1600 and formerly was in literary use (Richardson, etc.), but came to be associated with U.S. Southern dialect and was regarded as provincial or vulgar. Related: Reckoned; reckoning.
In addition to the idiom beginning with reckon
- reckon with
- force to be reckoned with