from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A source of harm or ruin: Uncritical trust is my nemesis.
- n. Retributive justice in its execution or outcome: To follow the proposed course of action is to invite nemesis.
- n. An opponent that cannot be beaten or overcome.
- n. One that inflicts retribution or vengeance.
- n. Greek Mythology The goddess of retributive justice or vengeance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An archenemy
- n. A person or character who specifically brings about the downfall of another person or character
- n. The principle of retributive justice.
- n. A punishment or defeat that is deserved and cannot be avoided.
- n. The polar opposite of a character.
- n. A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek myth, a goddess personifying allotment, or the divine distribution to every man of his precise share of fortune, good and bad.
- n. Retributive justice.
- n. [NL.] In zoology, a genus of crustaceans.
- n. The 128th planetoid, discovered by Watson in 1872.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Greek mythology) the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance
- n. something causing misery or death
Greek, retribution, the goddess Nemesis, from nemein, to allot; see nem- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Greek goddess of retribution Nemesis. (Wiktionary)