/ˈneɪ dər, ˈneɪ dɪər/
the point on the celestial sphere directly beneath a given position or observer and diametrically opposite the zenith.
the point of a horoscope opposite the midheaven: the cusp of the fourth house.
the lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair.
over against, opposite to (the zenith)
Can be confused
bottom, floor, foot, depths.
the point on the celestial sphere directly below an observer and diametrically opposite the zenith
the lowest or deepest point; depths:
the nadir of despair
[C14: from Old French, from Arabic
literally: opposite the zenith]
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The point on the
that is directly below the observer (90 degrees below the
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This spiritual nadir came as his career began to peak.
Then came the nadir of his season, the 81 in the Memorial.
At the nadir, I was sleeping about 2-3 hours a night and writing or revising when everyone else was asleep.
We are close to the nadir of the human soul here.
And even at its nadir there were signs of awakening.
Morale among rank-and-file officers has sunk to a nadir, many officers say.
For an older generation of architects these buildings embody the absolute nadir of the welfare state.
By the time minimalism rolled around, fabric was at its nadir.
The nadir came with the trip to the open-air market.
Their usage is as much as three times higher at its peak than at its nadir.