recompense

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English, from Old French recompense, from Late Latin recompensare, from Latin re- (again) + compensare (to balance out)

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Noun[edit]

recompense (plural recompenses)

  1. That which compensates for an injury.
    He offered money as recompense for the damage, but what the injured party wanted as recompense was an apology.

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Verb[edit]

recompense (third-person singular simple present recompenses, present participle recompensing, simple past and past participle recompensed)

  1. To reward or repay (someone) for something done, given etc.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.ii:
      She in regard thereof him recompenst / With golden words, and goodly countenance, / And such fond fauours sparingly dispenst []
    • Shakespeare
      He cannot recompense me better.
  2. To give compensation for an injury.
    The judge ordered the defendant to recompense the plaintiff by paying $100.
  3. (transitive) To give (something) in return; to pay back; to pay, as something earned or deserved.
    • Bible, Rom. xii. 17
      Recompense to no man evil for evil.

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Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

recompense f (oblique plural recompenses, nominative singular recompense, nominative plural recompenses)

  1. recompense; compensation

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

recompense

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of recompensar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of recompensar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of recompensar.