Definitions for poetic justice
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an ideal or particularly fitting distribution of rewards and punishments.
Origin of poetic justice:
poetic justice, just deserts(noun)
an outcome in which virtue triumphs over vice (often ironically)
The rewarding of virtue, and the punishment of vice, especially in an ironic manner
Poetic justice is a literary device in which virtue is ultimately rewarded or vice punished, often in modern literature by an ironic twist of fate intimately related to the character's own conduct.
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