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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."

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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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