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Examples of nadir in a Sentence
- Nantucket reached its nadir in the post-Civil War period. The whaling industry had become moribund, many New Englanders had been lured to California by the discovery of gold, and the island population dropped from ten thousand in 1830 to scarcely more than three thousand in 1880. —David H. Wood, Antiques, August 1995
- But then, at the very nadir of that dark abandoned moment, that moment of despair and sickness unto death, … —T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Road to Wellville, 1993
- My nadir was the time I presented an oral book report on "Les Misérables," having read only the Classic Comics version … —Stephen Jay Gould, New York Times Book Review, 12 Oct. 1986
The relationship between the two countries reached a nadir in the 1920s.
the discussion really reached its nadir when people resorted to name-calling
Recent Examples of nadir from the Web
The night reached its nadir when veteran right-hander Blake Wood entered for the eighth, walked the bases loaded, gave up three run-scoring hits and then plunked the home-plate umpire in the mask with a wild pitch.
The country notices when Trump is treated as the nadir of all evil.
Hoyer, who had been performing well during training camp, struggled early against the Broncos and reached a nadir late in the first quarter.
Its stock closed at $42 on Monday, nearly double from the company’s recent nadir in December 2015.
In fact, Paniai suffered a nadir just two months after Jokowi’s October inauguration.
The exercise will reach a nadir of sorts later this week, if things go as planned.
Trump is already four points less popular than Obama was at the nadir of his ratings, which came six years into his presidency.
Angelos wanted to fire Regan after the Orioles’ disappointing season reached a nadir with four straight losses in Boston, but the owner held off, thinking a change would detract from the streak celebration soon to occur.
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nadir Has Arabic Roots
Nadir is part of the galaxy of scientific words that have come to us from Arabic, a language that has made important contributions in the vocabulary of mathematics, astronomy, medicine, and chemistry. Nadir derives from an Arabic word meaning "opposite"—the opposite, that is, of the zenith, or the highest point of the celestial sphere, the one vertically above the observer. (The word zenith itself is a modification of another Arabic word that means "the way over one's head.") The English poet John Donne is first on record as having used nadir in the figurative sense of "lowest point" in a sermon he wrote in 1627.
Origin and Etymology of nadir
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsbedrock, bottom, depth, rock bottom, zero
Antonymsacme, apex, climax, crown, culmination, head, height, high-water mark, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, tip-top, top, zenith
Related Wordsabyss, armpit, pit
Near Antonymsbloom, flood tide, flower, glory, heyday; crescendo, high; cap, ceiling, crest, roof
NADIR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nadir for English Language Learners
: the worst or lowest point of something
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