nemesis

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From the Greek goddess of retribution Nemesis.

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Noun[edit]

nemesis ‎(plural nemeses)

  1. (chiefly Canada, US) An archenemy
    • "Batman is in constant conflict with his nemesis, The Joker."
  2. (chiefly non-North American usage) A person or character who specifically brings about the downfall of another person or character.
  3. The principle of retributive justice.
  4. (usually in the singular, formal) A punishment or defeat that is deserved and cannot be avoided.
  5. The polar opposite of a character.
  6. A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent.

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Noun[edit]

nemesis f ‎(genitive nemesis); third declension

  1. nemesis

Inflection[edit]

Third declension, alternative accusative singular in -im, alternative ablative singular in and accusative plural in -īs.

Case Singular Plural
nominative nemesis nemesēs
genitive nemesis nemesium
dative nemesī nemesibus
accusative nemesem
nemesim
nemesēs
nemesīs
ablative nemese
nemesī
nemesibus
vocative nemesis nemesēs

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References[edit]

  • nemesis in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia[1]
  • nemesis in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • nemesis in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray