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poetic justice

A punishment or unfavorable outcome that is particularly appropriate or ironic. The CEO of the cigarette manufacturer, who has long denied the health risks associated with smoking, just died of lung cancer—now isn't that poetic justice?
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poetic justice

appropriate, ideal, or ironic punishment. It was poetic justice that Jane won the race after Mary tried to get her banned from the race. The car thieves tried to steal a car with no gas. That's 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]
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poetic justice

Poetic justice is when bad things happen to someone who deserves it. Perhaps his illness was some kind of poetic justice for having deceived so many for so long. Note: Occasionally people use poetic justice to describe something good that happens to someone who deserves it. If one can resolve several problems at once — ours as well as yours — it has a certain poetic justice.
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poetic justice

the fact of experiencing a fitting or deserved retribution for your actions.
This phrase is from Alexander Pope's satire The Dunciad: ‘Poetic Justice, with her lifted scale’.
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poetic ˈjustice

a punishment or reward that is deserved: If you ask me it’s poetic justice. He tried to get you fired, and now he’s lost his job himself.
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Since life and literature mirror each other, I believe there's some form of poetic justice at work in real life as well.
Now this is hearsay and he was meeting at managerial not government levels, but wouldn't it be wonderful poetic justice if the firms who have closed down here and transferred work to Poland had to come back, cap in hand begging us to work for them?
This could be some type of odd poetic justice for the Clippers, heading to a Game 7 in Phoenix -- the scene of a cornucopia of mistakes in the double-overtime loss in Game5.
What he may not do, however, is attempt to dignify his disdain for hunters by his scurrilous comment on the tragic death of Ernest Hemingway, that is, that Hemingway hunted wild game--killed, to be blunt about it--and therefore his death by his own hand by means of a firearm is somehow poetic justice.
I have to admit it was poetic justice on several levels: I had dumped the evangelizing of a new trailer park on my parish assistant, Curt Miller, who was helping me in my rural congregation.
It was great poetic justice since as a child, I was told I couldn't be in the party scene because it was a "period piece.
On the other side, there is poetic justice watching Jean Chretien twist in the wind after pursuing Mulroney with vengeance.
There's a certain poetic justice in his work, Moose believes, because "the corporations who help make the dirt are getting me to clean their names in it.
Poetic Justice is the newest showcase for the innovative and deftly crafted poetry of art historian and curator Bruce Weber as he explores and reveals a lyrical and energetic imagery ultimately derived from his observations of the human experience.
And almost invariably he demonstrates a capacity for administering poetic justice, an aspect of his meting out what Cawelti calls "the just punishment that the law is too mechanical, unwieldy, or corrupt to achieve" (143).
S/he has eyes, senses and perceptions thus s/he reacts to violence or suppression of rights therefore if s/he can fictionalize this s/he gives poetic justice to his/her stories.
I've come here because you have made my own country uninhabitable from your foreign, environmental and economic policies' Poetic justice.
It was poetic justice - like inviting Naomi Campbell for dinner, and having Ollie Campbell show up instead.
shows how Ezekiel relied on covenant principles (especially Sinai), on the complex spiritual logic of purity regulations in the Pentateuch, and on elementary poetic justice (appropriate punishments) as he outlined God's ongoing struggles with his chosen people.
But neither the identification factor nor the sweaty sex compensates for eyeball-rolling dialogue, tortured music, and a howler of a windup that serves up a pre-Stonewall (if not pre-Barbara Stanwyck) notion of poetic justice.