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Definition of Nadir


  1. That point of the heavens, or lower hemisphere, directly opposite the zenith; the inferior pole of the horizon; the point of the celestial sphere directly under the place where we stand.
  2. The lowest point; the time of greatest depression.

Nadir Quotations

I think 1973 was the nadir of fashion. When you watch the coverage from that era, you're struck by the astonishing ugliness of the clothes.
John Malkovich

For in the works of Robert Burns we see the whole cosmos of man's experience and emotion, from zenith to nadir, from birth until death.
Len G. Murray

Los Angeles is often described as the nadir of vapidity, a smog-choked space cradle.
Diablo Cody

The election of the nationalist Chen Shui-bian as president in 2000 and his re-election in 2004 was a nadir in the relationship between Taiwan and the mainland.
Martin Jacques

My next book is also set in the eighteenth century. It's about the Revolution, with the focus on the year 1776. It's about Washington and the army and the war. It's the nadir, the low point of the United States of America.
David McCullough
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Nadir Translations

nadir in Dutch is voetpunt, nadir
nadir in German is Fusspunkt
nadir in Spanish is nadir