Essential Meaning of nemesis
: an opponent or enemy that is very difficult to defeat He will be playing his old nemesis for the championship.
Full Definition of nemesis
1 capitalized : the Greek goddess of retributive justice
2 plural nemeses\ ˈne-mə-ˌsēz \
a : one that inflicts retribution or vengeance Many a pursued man fell before his nemesis in the streets …— Agnes Morely Cleaveland
b : a formidable and usually victorious rival or opponent The team was defeated by its old nemesis.
3 plural nemeses
a : an act or effect of retribution … pursue them with the nemesis of outraged humanity.— Donald Culross Peattie
b : bane sense 1 A nemesis of humankind since the first hand slapped the first cheek, mosquitoes have bitten their way into the American experience …— Jack Cox
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