Definition of Poetic justice

1. Noun. An outcome in which virtue triumphs over vice (often ironically).

Exact synonyms: Just Deserts
Generic synonyms: Final Result, Outcome, Result, Resultant, Termination



Definition of Poetic justice

1. Noun. The rewarding of virtue, and the punishment of vice, especially in an ironic manner ¹

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Literary usage of Poetic justice

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1. An Introduction to Poetry: For Students of English Literature by Raymond Macdonald Alden (1909)
"The term " poetic justice " is sometimes applied to dramatic outcomes which ... The demand for poetic justice is based on an exaggeration of the doctrine of ..."

2. Shakespeare as a Dramatic Artist: A Popular Illustration of the Principles by Richard Green Moulton (1901)
"A better notion of poetic justice is to understand it as the modification of ... Nemesis as Treating poetic justice, then, as the application of art to ..."

3. A Survey of English Literature 1780-1880 by Oliver Elton (1920)
"... poetic justice, romance, and the ' scheme' of averages. Exceptional endings; Bride of Lammermoor; St. Roman's Well; ..."

4. The Principles of Criticism: An Introduction to the Study of Literature by William Basil Worsfold (1897)
"... CHAPTER IV poetic justice AND OTHER OPINIONS OF ADDISON OF COMEDY IN the Poetics Aristotle insists upon the importance of the plot as the supreme ..."

5. The Principles of Criticism: An Introduction to the Study of Literature by William Basil Worsfold (1897)
"... CHAPTER IV poetic justice AND OTHER OPINIONS OF ADDISON OF COMEDY IN the Poetics Aristotle insists upon the importance of the plot as the supreme ..."

6. John Dennis: His Life and Criticism by Harry Gilbert Paul (1911)
"Dryden, who had declared for poetic justice in the preface to Troilus and ... He made the belief his' own, introduced the term "poetic justice" into English ..."

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