recompense

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌɹɛkəmˈpɛns/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛns

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English recompense, borrowed from Old French recompense or Medieval Latin recompensa.

Noun[edit]

recompense (countable and uncountable, plural recompenses)

  1. An equivalent returned for anything given, done, or suffered; compensation; reward; amends; requital.
  2. That which compensates for an injury, or other type of harm or damage.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 23:
      O let my books be then the eloquence
      And dumb presagers of my speaking breast,
      Who plead for love and look for recompense
      More than that tongue that more hath more express'd.
    He offered money as recompense for the damage, but what the injured party wanted was an apology.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English recompensen, borrowed from Old French recompenser, from Late Latin recompensare, from Latin re- (again) + compensare (to balance out).

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.
  2. To give compensation for an injury, or other type of harm or damage.
    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.
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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From recompenser.

Noun[edit]

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

  1. recompense; compensation

Descendants[edit]

  • English: recompense

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recompense

  1. inflection of recompensar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

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recompense

  1. inflection of recompensar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative