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ˈnɛm ə sɪs; -ˌsizneme·sis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Nemesis(noun)

    (Greek mythology) the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance

  2. bane, curse, scourge, nemesis(noun)

    something causing misery or death

    "the bane of my life"


  1. nemesis(Noun)

    An archenemy

    Etymology: From Νέμεσις.

  2. nemesis(Noun)

    A person or character who specifically brings about the downfall of another person or character

    Etymology: From Νέμεσις.

  3. nemesis(Noun)

    The principle of retributive justice.

    Etymology: From Νέμεσις.

  4. nemesis(Noun)

    A punishment or defeat that is deserved and cannot be avoided.

    Etymology: From Νέμεσις.

  5. nemesis(Noun)

    The polar opposite of a character.

    Etymology: From Νέμεσις.

  6. nemesis(Noun)

    A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent.

    Etymology: From Νέμεσις.

  7. Nemesis(ProperNoun)

    the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance

    Etymology: From Νέμεσις.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nemesis(noun)

    the goddess of retribution or vengeance; hence, retributive justice personified; divine vengeance

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. Ne`mesis, orig., distribution, fr. ne`mein to distribute. See Nomad.]


  1. Nemesis

    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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nemesis

    nem′e-sis, n. (myth.) the goddess of vengeance: retributive justice.—adj. Nemes′ic. [Gr.,—nemein, to distribute.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Nemesis

    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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Etymology and Origins

  1. Nemesis

    From the goddess of vengeance, who bore this name.

Anagrams for nemesis »

  1. siemens

  2. Meissen

  3. misseen

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nemesis in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nemesis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of nemesis in a Sentence

  1. Del Percio:

    This started when he first faced a primary challenge in 2014, that brought him to the left and this challenge has brought him further to the left, and he’s staking ground with his nemesis [Mayor] Bill de Blasio to be the main progressive in New York.

  2. Eric Hoffer:

    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.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    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. -Emeasoba George

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