• WordNet 3.6
    • v recompense make payment to; compensate "My efforts were not remunerated"
    • v recompense make amends for; pay compensation for "One can never fully repair the suffering and losses of the Jews in the Third Reich","She was compensated for the loss of her arm in the accident"
    • n recompense the act of compensating for service or loss or injury
    • n recompense payment or reward (as for service rendered)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Recompense An equivalent returned for anything done, suffered, or given; compensation; requital; suitable return. "To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense .""And every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward."
    • Recompense To give in return; to pay back; to pay, as something earned or deserved. "Recompense to no man evil for evil."
    • v. i Recompense To give recompense; to make amends or requital.
    • Recompense To render an equivalent to, for service, loss, etc.; to requite; to remunerate; to compensate. "He can not recompense me better."
    • Recompense To return an equivalent for; to give compensation for; to atone for; to pay for. "God recompenseth the gift.""To recompense My rash, but more unfortunate, misdeed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • recompense To make a return to; give or render an equivalent to, as for services or loss; compensate: with a person as object.
    • recompense To return an equivalent for; pay for; reward; requite.
    • recompense To pay or give as an equivalent; pay back.
    • recompense To make amends for by some equivalent; make compensation for; pay some forfeit for.
    • recompense To serve as an equivalent or recompense for.
    • recompense Synonyms and Remunerate, Reimburse, etc. (see indemnify), repay.
    • recompense To make amends or return.
    • n recompense An equivalent returned for anything given, done, or suffered; compensation; reward; amends; requital.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Recompense rek′om-pens to return an equivalent for anything: to repay or requite: to reward: to compensate: to remunerate
    • n Recompense that which is returned as an equivalent: repayment: reward: compensation: remuneration
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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
F. récompenser, LL. recompensare, fr.L. pref. re-, re- + compensare, to compensate. See Compensate


In literature:

He roars for recompense more gently than a sucking dove.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 7, May 14, 1870" by Various
Did I ever promise any disciple any recompense for his enlightenment and good deeds, save flogging, starvation, and burning?
"The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales" by Richard Garnett
How were they recompensed in the earth?
"All Saints' Day and Other Sermons" by Charles Kingsley
But he had miscalculated on his recompense.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 1, Issue 2, December, 1857" by Various
This he said he had hitherto done, but he had received no recompense.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
Caroline, no doubt in recompense of all the evil he had done.
"Doctor Pascal" by Emile Zola
No recompense for the time and money lost!
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol III" by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
He tries you now, in order to recompense you hereafter.
"Paul and Virginia" by Bernadin de Saint-Pierre
And now, as you have delivered my girl, if you think her a recompense, she is yours.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IV." by Editors: Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
I was so happy, that I felt richly recompensed for all the fatigue of my journey.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
Not only black and fertile soil but even clay and gravel recompense a man's toil.
"The Existence of God" by Francois de Salignac de La Mothe- Fenelon
Is there a recompense for the sufferings of a heartbroken father?
"For Gold or Soul?" by Lurana W. Sheldon
They love God, they trust Him, they pray to Him in secret, and, though He means to reward them openly, the day of recompense is delayed.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Come to my house, and you shall be well recompensed.
"Eastern Shame Girl" by Charles Georges Souli
But the beautiful open valley, flowered in gold and purple, was recompense for a good deal of bad luck.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
God will not recompense me, for whose love I have done nothing.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
What recompense were they to gain for this?
"Bismarck and the Foundation of the German Empire" by James Wycliffe Headlam
In the awards of Thy justice I confide for my recompense.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
Thus does Golgotha find its recompense.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 2 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
Was it not her due, considering the way she worked and yet received no recompense?
"Barbara Lynn" by Emily J. Jenkinson

In poetry:

Forever from the Hand that takes
One blessing from us others fall;
And, soon or late, our Father makes
His perfect recompense to all!
"Summer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
What though I fail, my duller sense
Baffled as by a wall of stone?
The high desire, the search alone
Are their own prize and recompense.
"The Butterfly" by Clark Ashton Smith
And who his manly locks would shave,
And quench the eyes of common sense,
To share the noisy recompense
That mocked the shorn and blinded slave?
"To James T. Fields" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Slowly creep. And his tired senses,
Float him over the magic stream,
To a world where Fancy recompenses
Vengeful thoughts, with a troubled dream!
"At One Again" by Jean Ingelow
And o'er those regions of the brand,
Where toil was recompensed with scorn,
Has waved abroad her flaming wand;
And lo! a nation there is born —
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
Carve not upon a stone when I am dead
The praises which remorseful mourners give
To women's graves - a tardy recompense -
But speak them while I live.
"Until Death" by Elizabeth Akers Allen

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