Adjective "nemesis" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The inescapable agent of someone's or something's downfall.
  1. 'Have I finally met my nemesis, the IT problem that I'm too old to understand?'
  2. 'However, when I arrived back at the counter with my CDs, my nemesis was standing to one side, and a cheerful Canadian guy was on the till.'
  3. '‘Truth Teams,’ which scout the parking lots to locate the targeted signature gatherers, are having less luck spotting their nemeses.'
  4. 'I left the room, disappointed with my form and my wimpy nemesis got up and made his way over the machine to play.'
  5. 'And that's where John meets his destiny and Jeremy his nemesis.'
  6. 'Though some decidedly comic things had happened to her recently, Lincoln purported to persuade herself that the lord almighty had a little more tact than to conjure such a predictable fate for her nominated nemesis.'
  7. 'Arrows have proven the nemesis of most teams visiting Durban and have established themselves as a formidable outfit.'
  8. 'The Zambia under-20 soccer team takes on Egypt in an African Youth qualifying round first leg in Chingola today seeking revenge against a team that has been their nemesis.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'If the stick is pressed toward her foe, Nina will vault over the head of her nemesis, allowing her to strike from behind.'
  11. 'will Harry Potter finally defeat his nemesis, Voldemort?'
  12. 'The boy turns out to be his future nemesis, Draco Malfoy.'
  13. 'Unsure of himself, Guy spoiled for a decisive battle with the Crusader nemesis, Saladin.'
  14. 'I offered coffee to anyone who came in the office, including my nemesis, Mr. Coffee Man.'
  15. 'My nemesis is approaching, my greatest foe.'
  16. 'In the show I have my friends and everything, but I also have a nemesis.'
  17. 'As in Spider-Man 3, Shrek is still dealing with a not very interesting nemesis from the last film, Prince Charming.'
  18. 'It's a classic example of bad plotting when you have a golden opportunity to destroy your nemesis but you let him live.'
  19. 'The Powerpuff Girls must face their nemeses the Gangrene Gang when the teenaged baddies are sent back to school at Pokey Oaks Kindergarten.'
  20. 'The violent nemesis just happens to be played by a shapely, smoldering brunette TV entertainment reporter named… Maria Menounos.'
  21. 'one risks nemesis by uttering such words'
  22. 'Nor is nemesis, the overpowering sense of eventual destruction, far from the political lives of these players.'
  23. 'And as any student of Greek tragedy knows, the presence of hubris usually means that nemesis - the righteous retribution of the Gods - is not far behind.'

proper noun

A goddess usually portrayed as the agent of divine punishment for wrongdoing or presumption (hubris).

    More definitions

    1. something that a person cannot conquer, achieve, etc.: The performance test proved to be my nemesis.

    2. an opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.

    3. (initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. the goddess of divine retribution.

    4. an agent or act of retribution or punishment.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "marks can be nemesis."

    "hotels can be nemesis."


    Late 16th century: Greek, literally ‘retribution’, from nemein ‘give what is due’.