Origin of comeuppancefrom come + up + -ance
If you always make fun of people who wear glasses and then it turns out that you need glasses too and you get made fun of, this is an example of getting your comeuppance.
A comeuppance is invariably a bad experience. Even so, some dictionaries leave open the possibility of a positive outcome, either explicitly in the definition or by using synonyms such as just deserts, which can be positive.
From come up (“appear before a judge”) + -ance.
- They want to know if Stephanie will get her comeuppance.
- Nor were all the dangers dealt with of extraterrestrial origin; sinister government cabals and greedy unscrupulous industrialists were also given their comeuppance.
- The biggest question that fans ask now is what will happen in the final episodes and will their favorite villainess Tabitha finally get her comeuppance?