nemesis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Nemesis (Greek mythology) the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance
    • n nemesis something causing misery or death "the bane of my life"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. n Nemesis (Class. Myth) The goddess of retribution or vengeance; hence, retributive justice personified; divine vengeance. "This is that ancient doctrine of nemesis who keeps watch in the universe, and lets no offense go unchastised."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nemesis In Greek myth, a goddess personifying allotment, or the divine distribution to every man of his precise share of fortune, good and bad. It was her especial function to see that the proper proportion of individual prosperity was preserved, and that any one who became too prosperous or was too much uplifted by his prosperity should be reduced or punished; she thus came to be regarded as the goddess of divine retribution. Sometimes Nemesis was represented as winged and with the wheel of fortune, or borne in a chariot drawn by griffins, and confounded with Adrasteia, the goddess of the inevitable.
    • n nemesis Retributive justice.
    • n nemesis [NL.] In zoology, a genus of crustaceans.
    • n nemesis The 128th planetoid, discovered by Watson in 1872.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nemesis nem′e-sis (myth.) the goddess of vengeance: retributive justice
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. Ne`mesis, orig., distribution, fr. ne`mein to distribute. See Nomad
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—nemein, to distribute.

Usage

In literature:

It is the Nemesis that stalks through the world, haunting all men, and goading some to great wrong.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
By daring Nemesis, they partially disarm her.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
The Nemesis which had seemed to pursue his productions now took flight.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
He rolled his head slowly over his shoulder and gazed in bewilderment upon his prancing Nemesis.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
And here was this legal Nemesis on the war-path and headed directly for 26 Broadway.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
He turns his face again toward the Nemesis who is now gazing scornfully at him.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
But it is true that it was once all the other way; and indeed the one thing is something like a just nemesis of the other.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
But Nemesis was not far off.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
What Nemesis can feel offended at this?
"Prometheus Bound and Seven Against Thebes" by Aeschylus
Nemesis had now loaded me with a despair identical with that of Bernardo Dovizio's.
"Romance of Roman Villas" by Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
But it propitiated Nemesis.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
If his Nemesis has overtaken him in the Italian, certainly he challenged that fate.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
To say that a just Nemesis had overtaken him would be less than the truth.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
Both Delia and Nemesis are represented by Ovid as present at the funeral of Tibullus.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
Strange, that she and Don Felipe should have been created to become the nemesis of one another!
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
She felt as if Nemesis were slowly turning round in her direction again.
"Daisy's Aunt" by E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
The policeman whom De Launay had first knocked down had arisen quickly and, seeing his Nemesis now pursuing his comrade, ran to the rescue.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
He had not been made soft by the nemesis that laid him by the heels.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
It was like a Nemesis on those who had worked his ruin.
"Confessions Of Con Cregan An Irish Gil Blas" by Charles James Lever
Even their Nemesis, the villainous Mexican, was forgotten.
"Frontier Boys in the South Seas" by Wyn Roosevelt
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In poetry:

We plundered ships and harbours,
We spoiled the Spanish main;
But Nemesis watched over us,
For it began to rain.
"Of The Dangers Attending Altruism On The High Seas." by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
You begged the vulture, not the worm,
Might feed upon your empty corse.
In vain! Just Nemesis was firm
'Gainst late remorse.
"Off Mesolongi" by Alfred Austin
A shade came o'er the eternal bliss
That fills the dwellers of the skies;
Even stony-hearted Nemesis,
And Rhadamanthus, wiped their eyes.
"Love and Folly" by William Cullen Bryant
Eva, the vision was not wild,
When wreaked on the tyrants of the land--
For you were transfigured to Nemesis, child,
With the dagger in your hand!
"The Cameo Bracelet" by James Ryder Randall
Rise but to be dispelled--
For here where I am cast,
Such visions may not last,
By sterner fancies quelled:
Relentless Nemesis my doom hath sent--
This cruel banishment!
"Passing" by Frances Fuller Victor
Oblivion's boon is vainly sought
Amid those scenes sublime;
Forever lurked within his breast
The nemesis of crime;
Not all that flood of limpid spray
Could wash the fatal stain away.
"Villa Pliniana" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Narbonne slays playoff nemesis Granada Hills to reach L.A. City Section final.
Stockbridge is the latest Southern Crescent team to take its shot at longtime nemesis Griffin when the Tigers make the trek to Memorial Stadium this evening.
ROME (AP) — Juventus is determined to show better form this weekend with its old nemesis coming to Turin.
Juventus is determined to show better form this weekend with its old nemesis coming to Turin.
Nemesis electric car breaks UK land-speed record.
EAGLES NOTES Manning identifies Eagles' Cole as his nemesis .
Third down Tulane's nemesis in 39-0 loss to Ole Miss.
Big 12 report Oklahoma has been K-State's nemesis .
Denver South finally beats longtime nemesis Denver East.
NFL welcomes back longtime nemesis , after all.
Get Serious Faces Nemesis in Cliff Hanger.
First Baptist opens up against nemesis Moore Haven.
Our nemesis , the squid.
Raspberry Bread Pudding from Nemesis Urban Bistro.
Standard Chartered's New York Nemesis Wins Deal But Makes Enemies.
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In science:

Planet X, or Nemesis, like the little man who wasn’t there, wasn’t there again today.
Astrophysics in 2006
Introduction.—The nemesis of quantum information processing is decoherence, the outcome of the inevitable interaction of a quantum system with its environment, or bath.
Optimally combining dynamical decoupling and quantum error correction
Closed loop quantum control is particularly well suited to fight decoherence (the nemesis of quantum information processing, whereby the system quantum coherence is lost through unwanted interaction with a large macroscopic environment) and stabilise quantum resources in the face of noise.
Feedback control in quantum optics: an overview of experimental breakthroughs and areas of application
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