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nemesis

nem·e·sis

nemesis

 
 
pronunciation:
ne m sihs
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
inflections: nemeses
definition 1: that which one cannot beat, conquer, or succeed at; cause or agent of one's often repeated downfall.
Gambling was his nemesis; because of it, he'd lost his family, his job, and his friends.
synonyms:
destruction, downfall, ruin, ruination, undoing
similar words:
Achilles heel, adversary, bane, enemy, scourge
definition 2: retribution or punishment, or its source or agent.
synonyms:
punishment, requital, retribution, revenge, vengeance
similar words:
comeuppance, desert, reprisal, retaliation, wage
definition 3: (cap.) in Greek mythology, the goddess of divine retribution or vengeance.
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