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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)



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