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Part of speech: noun

Origin: American English


Deserved punishment or fate


Just deserts

Examples of Comeuppance in a sentence

"It was satisfying to see the thief receive his comeuppance."

"Some evil people go decades before they get their comeuppance, which can be frustrating to others waiting for justice."

About Comeuppance

One might be able to imagine a posh British lord speaking of the just comeuppance of a rival, but the word is actually an American invention.

Did you Know?

If comeuppance sounds like a relatively modern word, that's because it is. It doesn't appear in English until the late 19th century.

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