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Definition of comeuppance

: a deserved rebuke or penalty : deserts One of these days, he'll get his comeuppance for treating people so arrogantly.

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Examples of comeuppance in a Sentence

One of these days, he'll get his comeuppance for treating people so arrogantly. as with many action movies, this one ends with a wild chase and an over-the-top fight sequence in which the bad guys finally get their comeuppance

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The bad guys get their comeuppance and good guys get to be heroes. Byron Mccauley,, "Revenge as a motive only makes matters worse," 26 June 2019 Some saw Golden State’s 2016 Finals loss, after the Warriors finished the regular season with a 73-9 record, the best of all time, as a proper comeuppance. Sean Gregory/oakland, Time, "The Golden State Warriors Revolutionized the NBA. Now They Plan to Keep the Dynasty Dream Alive," 20 June 2019 Since the series, which focuses on the 1989 case and its botched investigation, dropped this past weekend, viewers have been consistently calling for Fairstein’s comeuppance for her role in the case. Paula Rogo, Essence, "'When They See Us' Backlash: Former Prosecutor Linda Fairstein Chased Off Social Media," 4 June 2019 In Don Giovanni, the compulsive libertine seducer receives a stringent comeuppance at the end of the opera, when he is dragged down to hell. Larry Wolff, The New York Review of Books, "‘Così’ in Coney," 27 Mar. 2018 Ashley lives, the evil aunt gets her comeuppance and scenes of Ashley and Jack rocking out together at a dive bar accompany the closing credits. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The Miley Cyrus 'Black Mirror' episode is Hannah Montana gone mad," 5 June 2019 In return, Dana wreaks unexpectedly violent comeuppance on an internet troll who’s made Amanda’s life miserable. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: The Trials of an Ethical Thief," 11 Jan. 2019 Where Zama’s story goes from there matters less as a straightforward narrative and more as a careful accumulation of sound, movement, and ironic but lingering images of colonialism and karmic comeuppance. Michael Phillips,, "'Zama' review: A mirage of New World wonder," 12 Apr. 2018 Even if there had been, the teachers would have thought it a prank or, perhaps, a deserved comeuppance for being, in Bill Elder's case, solitary and shy about his body. Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013

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First Known Use of comeuppance

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for comeuppance

come up + -ance

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English Language Learners Definition of comeuppance

: punishment that someone deserves to receive

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