noun (plural nemeses /-siːz/)
- 1The inescapable agent of someone’s or something’s downfall: injury, consistently his nemesis, struck him down during the matchMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A long-standing rival; an arch-enemy: will Harry Potter finally defeat his nemesis, Voldemort?More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 [mass noun] A downfall caused by an inescapable agent: one risks nemesis by uttering such wordsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3 (often Nemesis) [mass noun] Retributive justice: Nemesis is notoriously slow
late 16th century: Greek, literally 'retribution', from nemein 'give what is due'.