nemesis

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See also: Nemesis, Némesis, and Nêmesis

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Etymology[edit]

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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Latin[edit]

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Noun[edit]

nemesis f (genitive nemesis or nemeseōs or nemesios); third declension

  1. nemesis

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun (Greek-type, i-stem, i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative nemesis nemesēs
nemeseis
Genitive nemesis
nemeseōs
nemesios
nemesium
Dative nemesī nemesibus
Accusative nemesim
nemesin
nemesem1
nemesēs
nemesīs
Ablative nemesī
nemese1
nemesibus
Vocative nemesis
nemesi
nemesēs
nemeseis

1Found sometimes in Medieval and New Latin.

Descendants[edit]

  • Italian: nemesi
  • Swedish: nemesis