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Thursday, January 06, 2000

Definitions for nadir

  1. [Astronomy]. The point of the celestial sphere directly opposite the zenith and directly below the observer.
  2. The lowest point; the time of greatest depression or adversity.

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Citations for nadir
Exploitation reached a nadir in the 1920s, when high government officials were implicated in a flourishing international slave trade and domestic forced labor. Bill Berkeley, The Graves Are Not Yet Full
At the nadir of every recession, business pages fill up with stories of belt-tightening families who move to Vermont and buy their food in bulk. Peter T. Kilborn, New York Times
Origin of nadir
1350-1400
Nadir is derived from Arabic nazir, "opposite."