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nemesis (NEM-i-sis) noun

1. A source of harm or ruin.

2. Retributive justice in its execution or outcome.

3. An opponent that cannot be beaten or overcome.

4. One that inflicts retribution or vengeance.

5. Nemesis. Greek Mythology. The goddess of retributive justice or vengeance.

[Greek, retribution, the goddess Nemesis, from nemein, to allot.]

"Matsushita urgently needs DVD to confront its nemesis, Sony, which has been quicker to sell digital-video products that have large profit margins." Consumer electronics: Slipped disc, The Economist, 3 Jan 1998.

This week's theme: eponyms.

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It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust. -Samuel Johnson


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