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Poetic justice   /poʊˈɛtɪk dʒˈəstəs/   Listen
Poetic justice

An outcome in which virtue triumphs over vice (often ironically).  Synonym: just deserts.

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"Poetic justice" Quotes from Famous Books

... of poetic justice, Spike?" he asked. "This is it. But, in this hour of mirth and ...
— The Intrusion of Jimmy • P. G. Wodehouse

... not likely that there was an idea of poetic justice in the mind of Mart Cooley; a thought that in stampeding the sheep he was repaying the sheepmen in their own coin for stampeding the cattle, repaying them with the death of the victims added ...
— Injun and Whitey to the Rescue • William S. Hart

... a most beautiful and fitting way the part which woman has played in this Provencal country in the encouragement given to song and poetry. It was the women who gave the real encouragement to the troubadours and inspired them to their greatest efforts, and it seems but poetic justice, at least, that in Toulouse the only existing institution representative of those old troubadour days should claim a ...
— Women of the Romance Countries • John R. Effinger

... is stranger than fiction. No dramatist dare invent a 'poetic justice' more perfect than fell upon the traitor. It is not always so, no doubt. God reserves many a greater sinner for that most awful of all punishments—impunity. But there are crises in a nation's life in which God makes ...
— Sir Walter Raleigh and his Time from - "Plays and Puritans and Other Historical Essays" • Charles Kingsley

... the heiress of the Percys, whom the Count wished to marry himself. The principal was acquitted, but his three accomplices or tools, who had actually committed the murder, were executed, according to the poetic justice of the time, at the scene of ...
— The Strand District - The Fascination of London • Sir Walter Besant

... fair in its treatment of such subjects, can condescend to such weapons is one of the wonders of modern journalism. For the persecution of Kepler, see Heller, Geschichte der Physik, vol. i, pp. 281 et seq; also Reuschle, Kepler und die Astronomie, Frankfurt a. M., 1871, pp. 87 et seq. There is a poetic justice in the fact that these two last-named books come from Wurtemberg professors. See also The New-Englander for March, ...
— History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom • Andrew Dickson White

Words linked to "Poetic justice" :   termination, just deserts, result, final result, resultant, outcome

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