comeuppance

(redirected from comeuppances)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms.

come·up·pance

 (kŭm′ŭp′əns)
n.
A punishment or retribution that one deserves; one's just desserts: "That was the joy of a video game: watching someone who deserved it getting his comeuppance" (Jodi Picoult).
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

comeuppance

(ˌkʌmˈʌpəns)
n
informal just retribution
[C19: from come up (in the sense: to appear before a judge or court for judgment)]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

come•up•pance

(ˌkʌmˈʌp əns)

n.
deserved reprimand or punishment.
[1855–60, Amer.]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.comeuppance - an outcome (good or bad) that is well deserved
aftermath, consequence - the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

comeuppance

noun (Informal) punishment, dues, deserts, retribution, chastening, recompense, due reward, requital, merit The central character is an evil man who gets his comeuppance in the end.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

comeuppance

noun
Something justly deserved:
desert (often used in plural), due, guerdon, recompense, reward, wage (often used in plural).
Informal: lump (used in plural).
Idioms: what is coming to one, what one has coming.
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Translations

comeuppance

[ˌkʌmˈʌpəns] N to get one's comeuppancellevarse su merecido
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

comeuppance

[ˌkʌmˈʌpəns] n
to get one's comeuppance → recevoir ce qu'on mérite
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

comeuppance

n (inf) to get one’s comeuppancedie Quittung kriegen (inf)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

comeuppance

[ˌkʌmˈʌpəns] n she got her comeuppanceha avuto quello che si meritava
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in periodicals archive ?
And with plot twists and gruesome comeuppances to keep even the most hardcore crime fans happy.
And as for the Bard of Glynneath and his words - "We sympathised with an Englishman whose team was doomed to fail, so we gave him that last bottle that once held bitter ale" - we had a comeuppance after that for mocking the English just as the English have had comeuppances for mocking us.
What happens next I'll leave you to discover but, suffice to say, the ingenious plot and the seemingly doomed love story merge into a comeuppance for the villain that ends all comeuppances.