nemesis

[ nem-uh-sis ]

Part of Speech

noun

Definition

something that a person cannot conquer, achieve, etc.

Origin + Etymology

Greek, literally ‘retribution’, from nemein ‘give what is due’

Synonyms

  • downfall
  • undoing
  • ruin
  • ruination
  • destruction

Antonyms

  • advantage
  • happiness

Example

The running test was consistently the team's nemesis.

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