Dictionary

poetic justice

poetic justice

noun

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

Full Definition of POETIC JUSTICE

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

Examples of POETIC JUSTICE

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

First Known Use of POETIC JUSTICE

circa 1890

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: poetic licensePrevious Word in the Dictionary: poeticizeAll Words Near: poetic justice
March 04, 2015
sprightly Hear it
Full of life and energy
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears