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What does poetic justice mean?

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poetic justice


The phrase poetic justice refers to a situation in which virtue is rewarded and vice is punished, in such a way that this justice seems proper and ironic.

The phrase originates from the English drama critic Thomas Rymer who coined the phrase in The Tragedies of the Last Age Considere'd (1678) to describe how a work should inspire proper moral behaviour in its audience by illustrating the triumph of good over evil.

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It is poetic justice that the economic crisis is affecting the bankers who are blamed for causing it in the first place.

This idiom is in the art category

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