poetic justice

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poetic justice

n.
The rewarding of virtue and the punishment of vice, often in an especially appropriate or ironic manner.
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poetic justice

n
fitting retribution; just deserts
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poet′ic jus′tice


n.
an ideal or particularly fitting distribution of rewards and punishments.
[1720–30]
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Noun1.poetic justice - an outcome in which virtue triumphs over vice (often ironically)
final result, outcome, resultant, termination, result - something that results; "he listened for the results on the radio"
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poetic justice

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poetic justice

n poetic justice!giustizia fatta!
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References in classic literature ?
It would be a clever thing, too, in the way of poetical justice, to keep him there until his "Amatory Poems" get out of print, or are laid definitely upon the shelf through lack of readers.
I am sorry to say anything which may disturb popular delusions on the subject of poetical justice, but this is strictly the truth.
I'm a devil of a fellow for getting myself into a hobble, but I always take care the load shall fall on my own shoulders." Unhappily, there is no inherent poetical justice in hobbles, and they will sometimes obstinately refuse to inflict their worst consequences on the prime offender, in spite of his loudly expressed wish.