poetic justice

noun

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 in a Sentence

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

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In this, the legions of fans who disagreed with the decision to part ways with Hinkie understandably see a form of poetic justice. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Sixers decided Bryan Colangelo's strength, like Sam Hinkie's, had become a liability | David Murphy," 8 June 2018 There’s a touch of poetic justice in the fact that a play about a man who refuses to believe his wife has so many female technicians commanding authority. Sonia Weiser, New York Times, "This ‘Othello’ Is Powered by Women," 6 June 2018 Buy Photo There is a certain poetic justice when a building designed to incarcerate people is turned into venue for liberation. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "One building's journey from a place of incarceration, to a venue of liberation," 12 Apr. 2018 There’s a certain poetic justice in Waymo being an early applicant for California’s no-driver car permits. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Exclusive: Waymo applies for no-driver testing in California," 13 Apr. 2018 There's a certain amount of poetic justice in the fact that leading Bitcoin companies trying to upgrade the Bitcoin network were foiled by a populist backlash. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Bitcoin compromise collapses, leaving future growth in doubt," 9 Nov. 2017 The incident was unplanned (a false alarm), but had a twinge of poetic justice. Andrew Dickson, New York Times, "Passport Photos and Online Porn: The Dizzying World of Thomas Ruff," 5 Oct. 2017

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1691, in the meaning defined above

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poetic justice

noun

English Language Learners 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

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