noun, plural nem·e·ses [nem-uh-seez] /ˈnɛm əˌsiz/.
Origin of nemesis
Examples from the Web for nemesis
The Third Reich met its nemesis as much here as it had—albeit in far greater numbers—at Stalingrad.
Neither her name nor her nemesis are among the slurred words I can make out.
The nemesis that emerges most potently is that of reality TV.Polar Explorer vs. Reality TV Crew: Tim Jarvis in the Footsteps of Shackleton|Darrell Hartman|January 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So watching him get abruptly fired in order to prove a point to nemesis Liz Lemon was heartbreaking.Pam Beesly, Kitty Sanchez & More TV Administrative Assistants (VIDEO)|Molly Taylor|April 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Roth's sentences are so good, from Goodbye, Columbus to Nemesis, but the force and beauty of his late work merits special praise.
I suppose it is a sort of nemesis of wit; the skidding of a wheel in the height of its speed.George Bernard Shaw|Gilbert K. Chesterton
He had not been made soft by the nemesis that laid him by the heels.The Prisoner|Alice Brown
If that mechanic had read the Greek tragedians he would have known that Nemesis must needs come soon.Through East Anglia in a Motor Car|J. E. (James Edmund) Vincent
And if we ever feel that we suffer unjustly—well, Nemesis, the slow but the sure, will make it up to us in the end.Gods and Heroes|R. E. Francillon
Thus equipped, the Nemesis proceeded on her voyage, and was found to derive great assistance from this new contrivance.Narrative of the Voyages and Services of the Nemesis from 1840 to 1843|William Hutcheon Hall
British Dictionary definitions for nemesis
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
Word Origin for Nemesis
Word Origin and History for nemesis
1570s, Nemesis, "Greek goddess of vengeance, personification of divine wrath," from Greek nemesis "just indignation, righteous anger," literally "distribution" (of what is due), related to nemein "distribute, allot, apportion one's due," from PIE root *nem- "to divide, distribute, allot, to take" (cf. Old English, Gothic niman "to take," German nehmen; see nimble). With a lower-case -n-, in the sense of "retributive justice," attested from 1590s. General sense of "anything by which it seems one must be defeated" is 20c.
Culture definitions for nemesis
In classical mythology, the Greek goddess of vengeance.