C16: via Latin from Greek: righteous wrath, from némein to distribute what is due
nemesis for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (nemɪsɪs)
uncountable noun [oft with poss]
The nemesis of a person or thing is a situation, event, or person which causes them to be seriouslyharmed, especially as a punishment. ⇒ He believes AIDS is our collective nemesis. ⇒ Yet the imminent crisis in its balance of payments may be the President's nemesis.
The nextmorning, she watched from her window until she saw her nemesis ride out.Stephanie Laurens DEVIL'S BRIDE
Example sentences containing 'Nemesis'
And that `s where Alfred began his long pilgrimage as the agent of Nemesis.Hilton, John Buxton PASSION IN THE PEAKNemesis scooting over the waves at high knots, churning the surf up behind.Adair, Tom (Intro) THREE KINDS OF KISSING - SCOTTISH SHORT STORIESThe entire strike force of Nemesis was in the Incident Room and Greg Random had come down from his office.Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW