poetic justice

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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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