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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
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.