Definition of nadir in English:


Syllabification: na·dir
Pronunciation: /ˈnādər, ˈnādi(ə)r


[in singular]
  • 1The lowest point in the fortunes of a person or organization: they had reached the nadir of their sufferings
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    • Yet 7 years on from that nadir in the club fortunes, Doncaster Rovers are in rude health and aiming for their highest League position since the 1950s.
    • Although Alchemy's history is relatively short, it is not short of examples of successful trawls of companies whose fortunes have reached a nadir.
    • The 1932 annual meeting, held at the nadir of the company's fortunes, was even stormier.
    lowest point, lowest level, all-time low, bottom, rock-bottom
    informal pits
  • 1.1 Astronomy The point on the celestial sphere directly below an observer. The opposite of zenith.
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    • If a planet culminates, sets or is on the nadir at the same time that a star occupies one of the sacred earth-generated angles, then that star walks with that planet.


late Middle English (in the astronomical sense): via French from Arabic naẓīr (as-samt) 'opposite (to the zenith)'.

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