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Definition to compensate for loss

or more rarely:  to pay or reward
  • Your highness said even now I made you a duke; good my lord, do not recompense me in making me a cuckold.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Perhaps he sees something meaningful, how this might be a test and a recompense.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • No, truly, but in friendly recompense.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Sometime and somewhere there would be recompense.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • We are willing to give £30 a quarter, or £120 a year, so as to recompense you for any little inconvenience which our fads may cause you.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • We've watered the ground between here and the Burning Plains with our blood, and now we'll have our recompense.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • So shall I evermore be bound to thee; Besides, I'll make a present recompense.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • "A good man's prayers are golden recompense!" rejoined old Roger Chillingworth, as he took his leave.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • From whom should we claim the recompense of our damage, and aid for our widows and orphans?
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • This is not about the Law, Imogen, it is that you hate and blame me for the death of your son and this is your manner of recompensing me.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • That is how you recompense me for the really paternal care that I lavish on you!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • You ought to stand something handsome, Fagin, to recompense me for keeping house so long.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • I have taken him and there is no recompense.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Like renown with gods to gain Recompenses all thy pain.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • They will recompense him now, I hope, as he deserves.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • It was wrong what happened and one would like to recompense them somehow.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Did it feel as bad as having some fifty thousand books annihilated with no recompense?
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • I did not mean to tax your time without a recompense.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Resign yourself, and this obedience Will be by Heaven well recompensed.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • I had saved a human being from destruction, and as a recompense I now writhed under the miserable pain of a wound which shattered the flesh and bone.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein

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