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

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

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1691


POETIC JUSTICE Defined for English Language Learners

poetic justice

noun

Definition of poetic justice for English Language Learners

  • : 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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