- The definition of a nadir is the lowest point.
An example of nadir is the Great Depression.
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- that point of the celestial sphere directly opposite to the zenith and directly below the observer
- the lowest point
Origin: Middle English from Middle French from Midieval Latin from Arabic naẓīr, inch(es) naẓīr as-samt, literally , opposite to the zenith from naẓīr, opposite plush as-samt, zenith
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- Astronomy A point on the celestial sphere directly below the observer, diametrically opposite the zenith.
- The lowest point: the nadir of their fortunes.
Origin: Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Arabic nażīr (as-samt), opposite (the zenith), from nażara, to see, watch; see nị̄r in Semitic roots.
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