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noun

an ideal distribution of rewards and punishments such as is common in some poetry and fiction.

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Origin of poetic justice

First recorded in 1720–30
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British Dictionary definitions for poetic justice

poetic justice

noun

fitting retribution; just deserts
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Idioms and Phrases with poetic justice

poetic justice

An outcome in which virtue is rewarded and evil punished, often in an especially appropriate or ironic manner. For example, It was poetic justice for the known thief to go to jail for the one crime he didn't commit. [Early 1700s]

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