something that a person cannot conquer, achieve, etc.: The performance test proved to be my nemesis.
an opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
(initial capital letter)Classical Mythology. the goddess of divine retribution.
an agent or act of retribution or punishment.
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How to use nemesis in a sentence
After years of doing well, my nemesis had returned, hovering near me, looking for a way in.Coronavirus is testing those of us with anxiety. We need to have mental health help available when the pandemic ends. | Sarah Vander Schaaff | January 30, 2021 | Washington Post
In those contests, we saw Tennessee both jump out to a significant lead and overcome a significant deficit, so the Ravens have yet to quite crack the formula for defeating their nemesis.Our Guide To The NFL’s Wide-Open Wild-Card Weekend | Neil Paine (email@example.com) | January 6, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Because Washington lives by the pressure created by its four defensive linemen, quick-release quarterbacks are, in theory, its nemesis.Pittsburgh’s misshapen schedule has offered Washington a lucky break — and a chance | Thomas M. Boswell | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
With the occasional assistance of Elizabeth Waring, a Justice Department official who has served both as his nemesis and reluctant helper throughout the series, he must identify, locate and “neutralize” the anonymous forces ranged against him.‘Eddie’s Boy,’ by Thomas Perry, continues the saga of a retired hit man who can’t escape his past | Bill Sheehan | November 29, 2020 | Washington Post
Launched by a former Google engineer in 2011 to share GIFs, Kuaishou has evolved into a nemesis of Douyin, TikTok’s sister in China.China’s cash-burning video sector: How Kuaishou lost $1B in 6 months | Rita Liao | November 6, 2020 | TechCrunch
He finally died in a drawn-out battle with his Irish mobster nemesis, John Morrissey.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The site is provocative enough in the vegan world to earn its own digital arch-nemesis “30 Bananas A Day…Sucks!”Why the ‘30 Bananas a Day Diet’ Is Monkey Business | Abby Haglage | January 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We have swift reward and punishment—no hateful things called nemesis.Mrs. Falchion, Complete | Gilbert Parker
Then, as though grown weary of the idyllic romance she was composing, Fortune donned the tragic robes of nemesis.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
What was the tragic destiny that hung over them—the nemesis that gripped them, and forced them to take such a chance?Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
When off the island of Moora the nemesis came suddenly upon a fleet of eleven pirate boats, pursuing a trading prahu.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
The nemesis chased the pirates to the shore, who drew up in line along the beach.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
British Dictionary definitions for Nemesis
Greek myth the goddess of retribution and vengeance
(sometimes not capital) any agency of retribution and vengeance
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Cultural definitions for Nemesis
In classical mythology, the Greek goddess of vengeance.
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