Definition of Just deserts

1. Noun. An outcome in which virtue triumphs over vice (often ironically).

Exact synonyms: Poetic Justice
Generic synonyms: Final Result, Outcome, Result, Resultant, Termination

Definition of Just deserts

1. Noun. (idiomatic) A punishment or reward that is considered to be what the recipient deserved. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Just Deserts

just-noticeable difference
just-so story
just a minute
just a sec
just a second
just about
just another pretty face
just as
just as well
just compensation
just compensations
just deserts (current term)
just desserts
just ducky
just in case
just in time
just kidding
just like that
just now
just right
just shoot me
just so
just the same
just the ticket
just then
just what the doctor ordered

Literary usage of Just deserts

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Guarding the Mails: Or, The Secret Service of the Post Office Department by Patrick Henry Woodward (1876)
"... so artfully were the details planned, that by the time the forgeries were discovered, the rogues had disappeared completely from view. Hia just deserts. ..."

2. Platform Echos; Or, Living Truths for Head & Heart ...: With a History of Mr by John Bartholomew Gough, Lyman Abbott (1886)
"Back for your Lives " — Receiving His just deserts — Moral Suasion — A Poor Woman's Story — A Brute in Human Form — A Mother's Plea — "For God's Sake Spare ..."

3. Correctional Boot Camps: A Tough Intermediate Sanction edited by Doris L. MacKenzie, Eugene E. Herbert (1996)
"In his study, Parent discussed the issue of "just deserts" as the primary ... He stated: Under just deserts, punishment must be proportional and uniform. ..."

4. Intermediate Sanctions in Sentencing Guidelines by Michael Tonry (1998)
"... 1979-1994 26 Figure 8: "just deserts" Pyramid Grid 30 Figure 9: "just deserts" Pyramid Grid With Criminal History 31 Figure 10: Minnesota Sentencing ..."

5. History of the Pilgrims and Puritans: Their Ancestry and Descendants; Basis by Joseph Dillaway Sawyer (1922)
"A second sea burial was of a sailor rumored to be "a man of blasphemy meeting his just deserts," but why "just deserts," as all die to live? ..."

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