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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Definitions for comeuppance

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

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Citations for comeuppance
It’s hard to conceive a bigger comeuppance than the one Faustus receives at the end of the play, when the clock ticks down on his two-dozen years. John J. Miller, "Sympathy for the Devil," The Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2014
Emerson saw imminent class conflict as a moral crisis, the natural comeuppance of spiritual degeneration. Lance Newman, Our Common Dwelling, 2005
Origin of comeuppance
1855-1860
Comeuppance comes from the verbal phrase come up meaning "present oneself for judgment before a tribunal." It is an Americanism that gained popularity in mid-1800s.
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