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poetic justice

noun

Simple Definition of poetic justice

  • : a result or occurrence that seems proper because someone who has done bad things to other people is being harmed or punished

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of poetic justice

  1. :  an outcome in which vice is punished and virtue rewarded usually in a manner peculiarly or ironically appropriate

Examples of poetic justice in a sentence

  1. After the way he treated his staff, it was poetic justice that he lost his job.



Circa 1890

First Known Use of poetic justice

circa 1890


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