from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A punishment or retribution that one deserves; one's just deserts: "It's a chance to strike back at the critical brotherhood and give each his comeuppance for evaluative sins of the past” ( Judith Crist).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A negative outcome which is justly deserved.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An unpleasant experience a person endures, which is viewed by others as a just retribution for bad behavior; just deserts.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an outcome (good or bad) that is well deserved
From come up ("appear before a judge") + -ance. (Wiktionary)