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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 ongoing saga of UCLA basketball players implicated in a shoplifting incident in China in November appears to have reached its nadir.
But tougher times could be in the offing as a surge of fresh supply is expected later this year and early next year, during the chilly months when demand is typically at its nadir.
The nadir of that losing streak came on Thanksgiving, when the Los Angeles Chargers handed out a 28-6 beat-down that appeared to cripple Dallas’ playoff aspirations.
After a 5-0 start, this game will either be remembered as the nadir of an epic collapse or a turning point of a season in which the Chiefs showed a tremendous amount of resiliency.
And from the economic nadir of November 2009, even as e-commerce has hoovered up market share and many chains have shrunk, total retail jobs have risen by 1.49 million, or 10.3 percent.
The Gators snapped their five-game losing streak Saturday and avoided reaching yet a new nadir.
The nadirs of the Nixon administration (24 percent approval in summer 1974) and the second Bush administration (25 percent in the fall of 2008) aren’t out of question.
The movement's nadir was a shoutout on Big Bang Theory.
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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
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