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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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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 Social media quickly identified her as a waitress at local breastaurant Social Bar and Grill, and the messages demanding comeuppance readily rolled in. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Bye, Tabbie: Missouri Waitress Fired After Horrific Racist Video About ‘N-Word Hunting’," 11 June 2018 By Tuesday, the Aquarius affair had erupted into full-blown sniping among allies, as four European governments traded mutual recriminations, reproaches and comeuppances. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Scorned Migrant Boat Exposes Raw Feelings Among European Allies," 13 June 2018 The story had instantly made local headlines, with many playing up the angle of an out-of-control scion of privilege headed for a comeuppance on a biblical scale. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Too Much Horsepower," 24 Dec. 2012 But where others saw Uber’s travails as a symbol of Silicon Valley comeuppance, Khosrowshahi saw something less loaded: a sophisticated tech company that had taken on too much, too quickly, and whose systems groaned under the weight and confusion. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Uber's New Direction: Move Slow and Test Things," 19 Apr. 2018 If Byron’s comeuppance might seem to fall a bit short, especially in the face of the #MeToo movement, Virginia’s struggle to access her voice and her agency does not. Meg Medina, New York Times, "Dark Magic and Other Escapes in These Summer Y.A. Novels," 1 June 2018

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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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