noun (plural nemeses /-ˌsēz/)
- The title explains a lot - a dishonoured soccer champ wants to assemble and coach a winning team to confront his nemesis, while mouthy yet impecunious martial artist Sing wants to spread the word of kung fu.
- Arrows have proven the nemesis of most teams visiting Durban and have established themselves as a formidable outfit.
- He was contemplating a comeback recently when offered a place in the German Davis Cup team by his old nemesis Stich.
- Unsure of himself, Guy spoiled for a decisive battle with the Crusader nemesis, Saladin.
- I offered coffee to anyone who came in the office, including my nemesis, Mr. Coffee Man.
- Perhaps he feels he can now forgive his old nemesis the Bishop of Rome.
- Nor is nemesis, the overpowering sense of eventual destruction, far from the political lives of these players.
- In all the best blockbusters, when disaster has dawned and nemesis looks likely by breakfast, there appears in the script a snowy-haired elder.
Late 16th century: Greek, literally 'retribution', from nemein 'give what is due'.
This word for someone's or something's downfall is Greek; the literal meaning is ‘retribution’, from nemein ‘give what is due’.
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