Nemesis  

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  1. an archenemy
    • "Batman is in constant conflict with his nemesis, The Joker."
  2. The principle of retributive justice
  3. formal punishment or defeat that is deserved and cannot be avoided
  4. (Greek Mythology) The goddess of divine retribution and vengeance (always capitalized)
  5. The polar opposite of a character
  6. a righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent
 A simple example of the inherent meaning in an art form is that of a western film where two men face each other on a dusty and empty road; one dons a black hat, the other white. Independent of any external meaning, there is no way to tell what the situation might mean, but due to the long development of the "western" genre, it is clear to the informed audience that they are watching a gunfight showdown between a good guy and a bad guy.
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A simple example of the inherent meaning in an art form is that of a western film where two men face each other on a dusty and empty road; one dons a black hat, the other white. Independent of any external meaning, there is no way to tell what the situation might mean, but due to the long development of the "western" genre, it is clear to the informed audience that they are watching a gunfight showdown between a good guy and a bad guy.

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Nemesis in Greek mythology was the spirit of divine punishment against those who succumb to hubris, vengeful fate personified as a remorseless goddess. The name Nemesis is related to the Greek word νείμειν, meaning "to give what is due". The Romans equated the Greek Nemesis as Invidia





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