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nemesis

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1 one who inflicts punishment in return for an injury or offense
  • Batman is the Joker's main nemesis and always foils his wicked plots

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2 suffering, loss, or hardship imposed in response to a crime or offense
  • social ostracism was once society's nemesis for those who defied its sexual mores

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3 a source of harm or misfortune
  • irrationality is the nemesis of democracy, for good government depends upon the wisdom of the electorate

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“Nemesis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/nemesis. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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