BastasNEMESIS
SOURCE:
A.Word.A.Day

with Anu Garg

nemesis

PRONUNCIATION:
(NEM-uh-suhs) http://wordsmith.org/words/nemesis.mp3

 

MEANING:
noun:
1. A formidable opponent or an archenemy.
2. A source of harm or ruin.
3. Retributive justice.

 

ETYMOLOGY:
In Greek mythology, Nemesis was the goddess of vengeance. From Greek nemesis (retribution), from nemein (to allot). Ultimately from the Indo-European root nem- (to assign or take), which also gave us number, numb, astronomy, renumerate, and anomie. Earliest documented use: 1542.