Definition of nemesis in English:

nemesis

noun

  • 1The inescapable agent of someone's or something's downfall.

    ‘the balance beam was the team's nemesis, as two gymnasts fell from the apparatus’
    • ‘I left the room, disappointed with my form and my wimpy nemesis got up and made his way over the machine to play.’
    • ‘‘Truth Teams,’ which scout the parking lots to locate the targeted signature gatherers, are having less luck spotting their nemeses.’
    • ‘The bad guys again break one of the cardinal rules for being an evil nasty: When you have the chance to kill your nemesis, do it!’
    • ‘And that's where John meets his destiny and Jeremy his nemesis.’
    • ‘I successfully cursed a nemesis in junior high - he probably deserved it, but the fact that it worked was very alarming.’
    • ‘But an old nemesis - control problems - has plagued him.’
    • ‘Imagine a cartoon hero in an impossible predicament as the scene switches to his nemesis; menacing, manic laughter bellowing out.’
    • ‘He was contemplating a comeback recently when offered a place in the German Davis Cup team by his old nemesis Stich.’
    • ‘Though some decidedly comic things had happened to her recently, Lincoln purported to persuade herself that the lord almighty had a little more tact than to conjure such a predictable fate for her nominated nemesis.’
    • ‘The title explains a lot - a dishonoured soccer champ wants to assemble and coach a winning team to confront his nemesis, while mouthy yet impecunious martial artist Sing wants to spread the word of kung fu.’
    • ‘If the stick is pressed toward her foe, Nina will vault over the head of her nemesis, allowing her to strike from behind.’
    • ‘Arrows have proven the nemesis of most teams visiting Durban and have established themselves as a formidable outfit.’
    • ‘The same goes for Mr. Belding, who clearly welcomed the chance to follow his nemesis across 2000 miles and begin a new life with his wife.’
    • ‘The Zambia under-20 soccer team takes on Egypt in an African Youth qualifying round first leg in Chingola today seeking revenge against a team that has been their nemesis.’
    • ‘But perhaps not armed enough for an older, stronger Cuban team, which had proved its nemesis previously.’
    • ‘However, when I arrived back at the counter with my CDs, my nemesis was standing to one side, and a cheerful Canadian guy was on the till.’
    • ‘Eileen sets her sights on Mr Nail from the off but Gail, who sees a chance to put the disastrous romance with serial killer Richard Hillman behind her, soon finds a way to scupper her nemesis's chances.’
    • ‘The triple axel remains his nemesis, sometimes disappearing when he needs it the most.’
    • ‘Have I finally met my nemesis, the IT problem that I'm too old to understand?’
    • ‘Our arch nemesis, Fusion, only had two people on their team, but we weren't taking any chances.’
    1. 1.1A long-standing rival; an archenemy.
      ‘will Harry Potter finally defeat his nemesis, Voldemort?’
      • ‘I offered coffee to anyone who came in the office, including my nemesis, Mr. Coffee Man.’
      • ‘It's a classic example of bad plotting when you have a golden opportunity to destroy your nemesis but you let him live.’
      • ‘The boy turns out to be his future nemesis, Draco Malfoy.’
      • ‘Now, Archer is trapped in prison, and Castor now played by Travolta assumes the identity of his nemesis, frees his brother, and takes his place as a high-ranking federal agent.’
      • ‘In the show I have my friends and everything, but I also have a nemesis.’
      • ‘Throughout the novel Doc remains loyal to his male characters, even the Weasel, his professed nemesis.’
      • ‘After the defeat of their old arch nemesis, The Shredder, the Turtles have grown apart as a family.’
      • ‘Sonic's arch nemesis Dr. Robotnik has been banished from the Land of Darkness by an evil Metal Robotnik.’
      • ‘Perhaps he feels he can now forgive his old nemesis the Bishop of Rome.’
      • ‘In the comments on the post below, Alex refers to Bugs Meany who, as some of you may recall, is Encyclopedia Brown's arch nemesis.’
      • ‘Unsure of himself, Guy spoiled for a decisive battle with the Crusader nemesis, Saladin.’
      • ‘My nemesis is approaching, my greatest foe.’
      • ‘The violent nemesis just happens to be played by a shapely, smoldering brunette TV entertainment reporter named… Maria Menounos.’
      • ‘Ironically, when the teeth of the plot sink in, the introduction of the supernatural nemesis, Ghost Machine begins to lag.’
      • ‘Every platforming hero has to have his or her arch nemesis, and generally speaking, at least in the old days, these arch nemeses were evil versions of the aforementioned hero.’
      • ‘The Powerpuff Girls must face their nemeses the Gangrene Gang when the teenaged baddies are sent back to school at Pokey Oaks Kindergarten.’
      • ‘It was the fact that Tarantino's sword-wielding warriors and their nemeses were women.’
      • ‘His old nemesis, Twink (Chris Haywood), is a cop ready to retire.’
      • ‘As in Spider-Man 3, Shrek is still dealing with a not very interesting nemesis from the last film, Prince Charming.’
    2. 1.2A downfall caused by an inescapable agent.
      ‘one risks nemesis by uttering such words’
      • ‘In all the best blockbusters, when disaster has dawned and nemesis looks likely by breakfast, there appears in the script a snowy-haired elder.’
      • ‘Nor is nemesis, the overpowering sense of eventual destruction, far from the political lives of these players.’
    3. 1.3Retributive justice.
      ‘nemesis is notoriously slow’
      • ‘And as any student of Greek tragedy knows, the presence of hubris usually means that nemesis - the righteous retribution of the Gods - is not far behind.’

Origin

Late 16th century: Greek, literally retribution from nemein give what is due.

Pronunciation:

nemesis

/ˈneməsəs/

Definition of Nemesis in English:

Nemesis

proper noun

Greek Mythology
  • A goddess usually portrayed as the agent of divine punishment for wrongdoing or presumption (hubris)

Pronunciation:

Nemesis

/ˈneməsəs/