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[kuhm-uhp-uh ns] /ˌkʌmˈʌp əns/
noun, Informal.
deserved reward or just deserts, usually unpleasant:
He finally got his comeuppance for his misbehavior.
Origin of comeuppance
1855-60, Americanism; from phrase come up + -ance Unabridged
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Examples from the web for comeuppance
  • After his inevitable comeuppance and exile from the magic kingdom, he emerges chastened.
  • Scientists have uncovered evidence for an innate satisfaction in human beings for giving people their comeuppance.
  • Thus students who fail to do this work get their comeuppance during exams, as the necessary knowledge is not deeply imprinted.
  • We will get our comeuppance for our arrogance and blindness.
  • Kids playing hooky and the truant officer gets his comeuppance in the end.
  • Coyote receives his comeuppance when he tries to take something that does not belong to him.
  • Still, the old bulls can deliver some comeuppance to the insurgents.
  • As in all the other versions of this story, they succeed, but eventually receive a morally satisfying comeuppance.
  • It is said that when the villainess received her comeuppance, movie audiences were known to stand up and cheer.
  • Their efforts to hide this fact, and their eventual comeuppance, provides several hearty laughs.
British Dictionary definitions for comeuppance


(informal) just retribution
Word Origin
C19: from come up (in the sense: to appear before a judge or court for judgment)
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Word Origin and History for comeuppance

also comeupance, 1859, presumably rooted in verbal phrase come up "present oneself for judgment before a tribunal" + -ance.

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Slang definitions & phrases for comeuppance



A deserved chastening, esp some event that checks a wrongdoer; just desserts (1958+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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