noun \ˈne-mə-səs\

: an opponent or enemy that is very difficult to defeat

Full Definition of NEMESIS

capitalized :  the Greek goddess of retributive justice
plural nem·e·ses \-ˌsēz\
a :  one that inflicts retribution or vengeance
b :  a formidable and usually victorious rival or opponent
plural nem·e·ses
a :  an act or effect of retribution
b :  bane 2

Examples of NEMESIS

  1. He will be playing his old nemesis for the championship.
  2. <Batman is the Joker's main nemesis and always foils his wicked plots.>
  3. On just the kind of putt that had been a career-long nemesis, he kept his head perfectly still and knocked the ball squarely in the hole. —Jaime Diaz, Sports Illustrated, 20 Feb. 1995

Origin of NEMESIS

Latin, from Greek
First Known Use: 1561

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms

elysian, fay, muse, nimbus, phoenix

Rhymes with NEMESIS


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