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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POETIC JUSTICE Defined for English Language Learners
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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