• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Recompensation Recompense.
    • Recompensation (Scots Law) Used to denote a case where a set-off pleaded by the defendant is met by a set-off pleaded by the plaintiff.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n recompensation A recompense.
    • n recompensation In Scots law, a case in which the plaintiff pursues for a debt, and the defendant pleads compensation, to which the pursuer replies by pleading compensation also.
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “You are much surer that you are doing good when you pay money to those who work, as the recompense of their labor, than when you give money merely in charity.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach, and even this negative recompense has been yet granted to very few.”
  • Seneca
    “May be is very well, but Must is the master. It is my duty to show justice without recompense.”
  • Confucius
    “Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living.”
  • Germaine Greer
    “Perhaps women have always been in closer contact with reality than men: it would seem to be the just recompense for being deprived of idealism.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LL. recompensatio,


In literature:

Perhaps he felt himself superior to praises as well as recompenses, no matter from how great a height they might come.
"The Adventures of a Special Correspondent" by Jules Verne
Whatever I had suffered from the injustice of my enemies, I was now fully recompensed.
"A Practical Illustration of Woman's Right to Labor" by Marie E. Zakrzewska
The recompense must be rich and sure.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The recompense must be great and sure.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 4 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The recompense must be rich and sure.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
But there was even recompense in this.
"The Sky Line of Spruce" by Edison Marshall
Do not take this, sir, as in any way a recompense for saving my life.
"Friends, though divided" by G. A. Henty
Can you not offer him a royal recompense?
"The Life of Marie de Medicis, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Julia Pardoe
You will meet your recompense in Heaven.
"The Life of Marie de Medicis, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Julia Pardoe
Then the Great King, in his justice, awarded the punishments and recompenses.
"The Swiss Family Robinson; or Adventures in a Desert Island" by Johann David Wyss
Rough though it be, the childhood of the cottage girl is not without its recompenses, the most valuable of which is sturdy health.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
A true dramatic recompense!
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
I served King Charles of blessed memory, and also the king, his son; and they recompensed me handsomely for my services.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume III. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Mazarin put the finishing touch to the reconciliation, and received as recompense the cardinal's hat.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume V. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Dubois had reconciled France with the court of Rome; the latter owed him recompense for so much labor.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume VI. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Will the love I bear my country recompense me for the torments which are in store for me?
"Queen Hortense" by L. Mühlbach
You were glad of the money it brought you, and I was glad to recompense you.
"A Woman of the World" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Nothing recompenses the individual for the denial of his chance to follow his own path.
"Crime: Its Cause and Treatment" by Clarence Darrow
What can the future's fairest hours Bring me to recompense for these?
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
But civilization apart from conversion would be but a poor recompense for their labor.
"The Personal Life Of David Livingstone" by William Garden Blaikie

In poetry:

In the sowing of the sower,
In the fleeting of the flower,
In the fading of each hour,
Lurks eternal recompense.
"Compensation " by Annie Adams Fields
IN the strength of the endeavour,
In the temper of the giver,
In the loving of the lover,
Lies the hidden recompense.
"Compensation " by Annie Adams Fields
Thy soul, upborne on wisdom's wings,
In brighter morn will find
Life hath a higher recompense
Than just to please mankind.
"To My Absent Brother" by Mary Baker Eddy
And my dear sir, fifty years hence,
When your grandchildren stand;
Ajax grandchildren's recompense,
Will show an equal man.
"Ajax at the Centennial. 1897" by Frank Barbour Coffin
O love the Lord, all ye his saints,
And sing his praises loud;
He'll bend his ear to your complaints,
And recompense the proud.
"Psalm 31 part 1" by Isaac Watts
He dwelt with the bright gods of elder time,
On earth and in their cloudy haunts above.
He loved them: and in recompense sublime,
The gods, alas! gave him their fatal love.
"Epigrams" by William Watson

In news:

Aware, the boys and girls also helpted themselves to what they wanted without thought of asking or recompense when damaged.
Man seeks recompense for damages linked to crash.
In 1609, in grateful recompense for the gift of Galileo 's telescope, the Serene Republic of Venice granted him tenure at the University of Padua at a greatly increased salary.
The Mother's Recompense by Edith Wharton Scribner's, 342 pp.

In science:

However, in our opinion, this correction does not recompense the loss of simplicity in eq. (13).
On the Raman shift in nanosized crystals