American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An unpleasant experience a person endures, which is viewed by others as a just retribution for bad behavior; just deserts.
- n. an outcome (good or bad) that is well deserved
- From come up ("appear before a judge") + -ance. (Wiktionary)
“The final comeuppance is a bit of a surprise, but I have to admit problem sloughing through the Scottish dialogue, half of which I had to read through twice.”
“If you love to hate the superrich, The Valet, a delectable comedy in which the great French actor Daniel Auteuil portrays a piggy billionaire industrialist facing his comeuppance, is a sinfully delicious bonbon," writes Stephen Holden in the New York Times.”
“The Swiss miss finally recieved her comeuppance from the Japanese veteran after being up 2 breaks in the third set.”
“The idea that liberals never understood this until Bush v. Gore, and that now, finally, they are getting their righteous comeuppance, is bizzare.”
“But just before the nuptials, fate and a little comeuppance from the past threaten the happy couple's future.”
“She starts off, by design, as an unsympathetic character (hence the titled comeuppance), who, like any newcomer in a Hollywood flick, not only learns to cope well enough (despite the natives) to stay in Japan and grow, but also to recommend to everyone (in a self-important interview in the back of the book) to try living overseas (I agree, of course, but one year abroad hardly makes one an authority on world travel).”
“It reminds me of that John Wayne movie where his insubordinate and rude eldest son got his comeuppance from the “old man” and old John said; “If you won’t respect your elders, you’ll sure as hell respect your betters.””
“Indeed, could not the "great vampire squid", Goldman Sachs, end up twisting on a harpoon called comeuppance?”
“He got what we politely call the comeuppance in the polls," Shriver said of the election.”
“The books don't have to be happy throughout as some sadness tends to make them more like reality, but a happy ending or, if not completely happy, at least one where the baddy gets their comeuppance is a must.”
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