- the goddess of retribution and vengeance
- (sometimes not capital) any agency of retribution and vengeance
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- /-ˌsiz/.USA pronunciation
- a source or cause of harm or failure:The driving test was her nemesis; she failed it repeatedly.
- an opponent or rival that cannot be overcome:That pitcher was our team's nemesis; every time he faced us we lost.
- an agent of punishment for wrongdoing.
- something that a person cannot conquer, achieve, etc.:The performance test proved to be my nemesis.
- an opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
- Mythology(cap.) [Class. Myth.]the goddess of divine retribution.
- an agent or act of retribution or punishment.
- Greek némesis literally, a dealing out, verbid of némein to dispense (justice); see -sis
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Waterloo.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged downfall, undoing, ruin, Waterloo.