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comeuppance

Comeuppance describes a fate or punishment that's deserved, like when an arrogant trash-talking quarterback fumbles the ball on the last play and loses the game for his team.

Comeuppance began as a term that meant "present oneself for judgment by a tribunal." That was in 1859. You can picture an accused person approaching a judge, or "coming up" to the front of a courtroom. Guilt, innocence — comeuppance can be either, and it can apply to things beyond the justice system. Nowadays you'll most likely hear this word describe something bad. If someone gets a deserved punishment, you'd say "He got his comeuppance."

Definitions of comeuppance
  1. noun
    an outcome (good or bad) that is well deserved
    synonyms: comeupance, deserts
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    type of:
    aftermath, consequence
    the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
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