s) KEY NOUN: pl. nem·e·ses
- A source of harm or ruin: Uncritical trust is my nemesis.
- Retributive justice in its execution or outcome: To follow the proposed course of action is to invite nemesis.
- An opponent that cannot be beaten or overcome.
- One that inflicts retribution or vengeance.
- Nemesis Greek Mythology The goddess of retributive justice or vengeance.
Greek, retribution, the goddess Nemesis
, from nemein
, to allot
; see nem-
in Indo-European roots