poetic justice


: 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


  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


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