Definition of poetic justice in English:

poetic justice


  • [mass noun] The fact of experiencing a fitting or deserved retribution for one's actions.

    ‘the noise was deafening and it was poetic justice when the amplifiers stalled just before the start’
    • ‘There is a kind of poetic justice in the fact that these vehicles of colonisation of the land, precisely for its own exploitation are over time slowly dissolving back into the very landscape that they were imposed upon.’
    • ‘It amounts to poetic justice that the misfire has specifically hit her as well as her fellow caucus members, who may soon decide that her leadership costs them more than it's worth.’
    • ‘The gods of poetic justice are on my side though, because my new sleeping arrangement means that I am too far away to hear the sprog when she decides to sing out in the middle of the night.’
    • ‘So it would be poetic justice if the Catholic charity simply did as the court ordered and saddled the grasping employees behind the original complaint with the resultant costs.’
    • ‘Being revealed as a drug addict, one who illegally purchased drugs on the black market - many of which are obtained by stealing from people who really need the medication - is poetic justice.’
    • ‘A Unionist might view it as poetic justice for Home Rulers who dreamed of enlightened collectivism then found themselves in a Scotland where prejudice was no longer diluted by membership of the UK.’
    • ‘While some have had the displeasure of being discarded by me, the intervention of poetic justice has ensured that I get paid back in the same coin and be discarded by others.’
    • ‘Today, I think that we are seeing some poetic justice by coming back to south Waterloo.’
    • ‘I felt poetic justice had been done, and honour satisfied.’
    • ‘There is poetic justice in the opportunity to round things off at Kilmarnock, where their 4-0 win on the final day of last season was not enough to prevent Rangers' treble.’
    • ‘However poetic justice was done when, on the orders of her sister Mary, Lizzie followed him, albeit only for a 12-month sabbatical.’
    • ‘And what we're seeing may be some poetic justice.’
    • ‘So there's a lot of poetic justice to the move, and we're very grateful to the club for helping us out of our predicament.’
    • ‘Our sense of poetic justice may need to be recalibrated, they note, when the most diabolical and hateful people come disguised with perfectly tanned skin, gleaming smiles, windswept hair, and the scent of success.’
    • ‘And with a flourish of poetic justice, the cruel aristocrat later met his death by his own creation for his part in the murder of Mary Queen of Scots' husband.’
    • ‘It is not hard to see poetic justice in the latest development.’
    • ‘If that's not poetic justice, I don't know what is.’
    • ‘Given that superheroes are mere phantoms of melodrama, produced by taking poetic justice to outlandish extremes, it may seem that none of this matters very much in the real world.’
    • ‘Perhaps it would be poetic justice that such funds, generated from high-tech yuppies, should be put to use to provide basic services in remote areas.’
    • ‘Everyone thinks there's a good deal of poetic justice in the idea.’
    punishment, penalty, nemesis, fate, doom, one's just deserts, due reward, just reward, wages
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