An example of nadir is the Great Depression.
The nadir of the sun is the axis of the shadow projected by the Earth.
The nadir of their fortunes.
Origin of nadir
- Middle English from Medieval Latin from Arabic naẓīr (as-samt) opposite (the zenith) from naẓara to see, watch nṯr in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Unknown. It has been suggested that it is from Arabic Ù†ÙŽØ²ÙÙŠØ± (nazÄ«r, “rare, trivial"), but if it is Arabic, perhaps more likely would be Ù†ÙŽØ°ÙÙŠØ± (naá¸Ä«r, “auspicious, boding well (?)") Represents the word 'rare' in hebrew
- From Medieval Latin nadir, from Arabic Ù†ÙŽØ¸ÙÙŠØ±Ù Ø§Ù„Ø³ÙŽÙ‘Ù…Ù’Øª (naáº“Ä«ru as-samt), composed of Ø§Ù„Ø³ÙŽÙ…Ù’ØªÙ (as-samt, “the zenith") and Ù†ÙŽØ¸ÙÙŠØ± (naáº“Ä«r, “counterpart, corresponding to").