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[ney-der, ney-deer] /ˈneɪ dər, ˈneɪ dɪər/
Astronomy. the point on the celestial sphere directly beneath a given position or observer and diametrically opposite the zenith.
Astrology. the point of a horoscope opposite the midheaven: the cusp of the fourth house.
the lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair.
Origin of nadir
1350-1400; Middle EnglishArabic naẓīr over against, opposite to (the zenith)
Related forms
nadiral, adjective
Can be confused
nadir, zenith.
3. bottom, floor, foot, depths. Unabridged
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  • This spiritual nadir came as his career began to peak.
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for nadir


/ˈneɪdɪə; ˈnæ-/
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
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Arabic nazīr as-samt, literally: opposite the zenith
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Word Origin and History for nadir

late 14c., in astronomical sense, from Medieval Latin nadir, from Arabic nazir "opposite to," in nazir as-samt, literally "opposite of the zenith," from nazir "opposite" + as-samt "zenith" (see zenith). Transferred sense of "lowest point (of anything)" is first recorded 1793.

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nadir in Science
The point on the celestial sphere that is directly below the observer (90 degrees below the celestial horizon). Compare zenith.
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