Definition of nadir in US English:



  • 1The lowest point in the fortunes of a person or organization.

    ‘they had reached the nadir of their sufferings’
    • ‘In 2001, at the nadir of her fortunes, she met East Coast native Catania when they were double-booked at a Hollywood club.’
    • ‘From a high of 9.6 per cent, it has steadily declined to reach its nadir in 1999-2000 of 7.1 per cent.’
    • ‘He believes that the FTSE - 100 index will not sink below the recent nadir of 5179.6 points it reached in March.’
    • ‘A number of black, middle-class residents never abandoned the storied neighborhood even when it was at its economic nadir, when it was rocked by a devastating epidemic of drugs, crime and neglect.’
    • ‘However, it went too far, and Sullivan's reputation reached its nadir during the first twenty years of the new century.’
    • ‘This defeat marked the nadir of imperial fortunes in the later stages of the war.’
    • ‘In 1997, the company's nadir, it built just six boats.’
    • ‘The 1932 annual meeting, held at the nadir of the company's fortunes, was even stormier.’
    • ‘Although Alchemy's history is relatively short, it is not short of examples of successful trawls of companies whose fortunes have reached a nadir.’
    • ‘Its stock, which had been flat-lining for years, is five times higher than at its nadir in November, 2002, and up 48% since January.’
    • ‘The decade 1925-35 represented a nadir in the fortunes of the news agency.’
    • ‘The nadir of British fortunes in the Middle East had been reached.’
    • ‘The company's most recent analyst meeting took place on April 4-the same day the dot-com devaluation hit its nadir.’
    • ‘As a result, in the early 1980s, the system had reached its nadir, with tracks throughout the system in such an advanced state of disrepair that trains were forced to move very slowly just to avoid derailing.’
    • ‘The announcement has come at what may be the nadir of the fortunes of the telecommunications companies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Respected and convivial, he was scarcely the man to rejuvenate the party in the nadir of its fortunes, though he did reunite the two wings.’
    the lowest point, the all-time low, the lowest level, low-water mark, the bottom, as low as one can get, rock-bottom, the depths
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    1. 1.1Astronomy The point on the celestial sphere directly below an observer.
      The opposite of zenith
      • ‘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 nadir (sense 2 of the noun)): via French from Arabic naẓīr (as-samt) ‘opposite (to the zenith)’.