Definition of


  1. (noun, person) (Greek mythology) the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance
  2. (noun, state) something causing misery or death

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Synonyms of Nemesis

bane, curse, scourge

Alternate forms of Nemesis

Hypernyms: affliction

Origin of the word Nemesis

  1. 1576, "Gk. goddess of vengeance," from nemesis "just indignation, jealousy, vengeance," lit. "distribution," related to nemein "distribute, allot, apportion one's due," from PIE base *nem- "to divide, distribute, allot, to take" (cf. O.E., Goth. niman "to take," Ger. nehmen). With a lower-case -n-, in the sense of "retributive justice,"… more

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