Definitions for nemesisˈnɛm ə sɪs; -ˌsiz
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word nemesis
(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
Origin: [L., fr. Gr. Ne`mesis, orig., distribution, fr. ne`mein to distribute. See Nomad.]
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.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Women do learn how to be submissive to your husbands, because it brings about true love. Besides, nothing weakens a man like a humble wife. Yes! you heard me right, you can and will terminate marriage pressure by submitting to your husband. Moreover, any woman who shows off how more intelligent or better off she is than her husband will sooner or later have high blood pressure as her nemesis or punishment.
The link between ideas and action is rarely direct. There is almost always an intermediate step in which the idea is overcome. De Tocqueville points out that it is at times when passions start to govern human affairs that ideas are most obviously translated into political action. The translation of ideas into action is usually in the hands of people least likely to follow rational motives. Hence, it is that action is often the nemesis of ideas, and sometimes of the men who formulate them. One of the marks of the truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action - the ability to pass directly from thought to action.
Images & Illustrations of nemesis
Translations for nemesis
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for nemesis »
Find a translation for the nemesis definition in other languages:
Select another language: