Definitions for nemesisˈnɛm ə sɪs; -ˌsiz
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
nem•e•sisˈnɛm ə sɪs; -ˌsiz(n.)(pl.)-ses
a source or cause of harm or failure.
an unconquerable opponent or rival.
(cap.) the ancient Greek goddess of divine retribution.
an agent or act of retribution.
Origin of nemesis:
1575–85; < L < Gk
(Greek mythology) the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance
bane, curse, scourge, nemesis(noun)
something causing misery or death
"the bane of my life"
A person or character who specifically brings about the downfall of another person or character
The principle of retributive justice.
A punishment or defeat that is deserved and cannot be avoided.
The polar opposite of a character.
A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent.
the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance
Origin: From Νέμεσις.
the goddess of retribution or vengeance; hence, retributive justice personified; divine vengeance
In Greek mythology, Nemesis, also called Rhamnousia/Rhamnusia at her sanctuary at Rhamnous, north of Marathon, was the spirit of divine retribution against those who succumb to hubris. Another name was Adrasteia, meaning "the inescapable." The Greeks personified vengeful fate as a remorseless goddess: the goddess of revenge. The name Nemesis is related to the Greek word νέμειν [némein], meaning "to give what is due".
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
in the Greek imagination, the executioner of divine vengeance on evil-doers, conceived of as incarnated in the fear which precedes and the remorse which accompanies a guilty action.
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