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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
In -November 2012 the company’s stock sank below $12, the nadir of her tenure.
But Democrats, at the nadir of their power in Washington, will forever be wondering what might have been if Clinton had won.
Commodity prices have picked up smartly from their nadir in early 2016.
The nadir for the Astros has been Giles' five runs allowed in 1 2⁄3 innings, but no reliever has been exempt from the shelling.
In the four previous presidential nadirs, the approval numbers for the president’s own party were at 55 percent (Bush), 34 percent (Carter), 50 percent (Nixon) and 44 percent (Truman).
An offense that destroyed all comers in 2016 and came alive after this year’s All-Star break has slumbered through the postseason, hitting its nadir in the NLCS.
That was on October 15, just days before the opening stumble in an epic crash that, by its nadir in 1931, would cut the American stock market’s value by almost 90 percent.
The frustrations reached their nadir this week, when the Yankees gave Judge what Girardi described as a mental and physical break.
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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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