AskDefine | Define nemesis

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1 (Greek mythology) the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance
2 something causes misery or death; "the bane of my life" [syn: bane, curse, scourge]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. an archenemy
    • "Batman is in constant conflict with his nemesis, The Joker."
  2. The principle of retributive justice
  3. punishment or defeat that is deserved and cannot be avoided
  4. (Greek Mythology) The goddess of divine retribution and vengeance (always capitalized)
  5. The polar opposite of a character
  6. a righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent


The principle of retributive justice
punishment or defeat that is deserved and cannot be avoided
The goddess of divine retribution and vengeance
The polar opposite of a character
an archenemy

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Extensive Definition

Nemesis may refer to:

In philosophy

  • Nemesis is "a painful response to another's undeserved good fortune" as defined by Aristotle in Nicomachean Ethics

In politics

  • Operation Nemesis ("The Armenian Nuremberg"), the Armenian Revolutionary Federation code-name for the covert operation in the 1920s to assassinate the Turkish masterminds of the Armenian Genocide

In fiction

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In science

In music

  • Nemesis (group), a Texas rap crew
  • Nemesis, a song by the American New Wave band theSTART, released on the album Shakedown! (2001)
  • Nemesis is the title of a song released by Shriekback in 1985
  • Nemesis is a song by the group Cradle of Filth from the album Nymphetamine.
  • Nemesis is a song from the melodic death metal band Arch Enemy from the Doomsday Machine album.
  • Nemesis is an electronic music group from Finland.
  • Nemesis is a Dutch hip-hop producer
  • Nemesis is a Bangladeshi Progressive band
  • Nemesis is a song by VNV Nation
  • Nemesis is a metalcore band from Bandung Indonesia
  • Nemesis is a thrash metal band from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.
  • Nemesis is a British street dancing group from Milton Keynes, who reached the final of Britain's Got Talent 2008.

Miscellaneous uses

nemesis in Czech: Nemesis
nemesis in German: Nemesis (Begriffsklärung)
nemesis in Spanish: Némesis (desambiguación)
nemesis in French: Némésis (homonymie)
nemesis in Korean: 네메시스 (동음이의)
nemesis in Italian: Nemesis
nemesis in Dutch: Nemesis
nemesis in Japanese: ネメシス (曖昧さ回避)
nemesis in Polish: Nemesis
nemesis in Portuguese: Nêmesis
nemesis in Russian: Немезида (значения)
nemesis in Slovak: Nemesis
nemesis in Finnish: Nemesis

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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