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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
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The prime of Johnson’s career roughly corresponded with what was probably the nadir of civil rights in America in the post-Civil War years.
The best example of how to use a congressional investigation came at the nadir of the Great Depression.
During Barbee's tenure, Auburn never had a winning season as the program hit a nadir, prompting his firing following a 14-16 campaign in 2013-14.
As of this month, the president has regained about three percentage points of support from both those groups since his nadir, in late 2017.
Oil prices have bounced back from their recent nadir to trade at about $63 a barrel, and Carrizo has raised more than $500 million selling drilling fields outside its core operating areas.
The Spec-Tater represents man’s zenith in this regard, and maybe also his nadir.
That’s because 20 years ago, Japanese whisky was at a decades-long nadir of popularity, so distilleries didn’t set enough aside in their aging warehouses.
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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.
NADIR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nadir for English Language Learners
: the worst or lowest point of something
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