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poetic justice

noun
1.
an ideal distribution of rewards and punishments such as is common in some poetry and fiction.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30
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British Dictionary definitions for poetic justice

poetic justice

noun
1.
fitting retribution; just deserts
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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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Encyclopedia Article for poetic justice

in literature, an outcome in which vice is punished and virtue rewarded, usually in a manner peculiarly or ironically appropriate. The term was coined by the English literary critic Thomas Rymer in the 17th century, when it was believed that a work of literature should uphold moral principles and instruct the reader in correct moral behaviour.

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