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- n. A punishment or reward that is considered to be what the recipient deserved.
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- n. an outcome in which virtue triumphs over vice (often ironically)
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The Moniteur Universel would have blazed out in a paean of triumph, declaring to the Continent that this loss of a ship of the line was clear proof that England was tottering to her fall like ancient Carthage; in a month or two's time presumably there would be another announcement to the effect that a traitorous servant of perfidious Albion had met his just deserts against a wall in Vincennes or Montjuich.