Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one nadir or multiple nadirs.)
The nadir of something is the point where it’s the worst or the lowest. When something is at its nadir, it’s the worst or the saddest that it’s ever been.
How to use it:
Talk about something or someone being at its/his/her nadir or being at a nadir, or something or someone reaching its/his/her nadir or a nadir.
I realized I had reached the nadir of my laziness in college when I woke up in the middle of the day on my couch, covered in a melted candy bar.
We thought that the state of civil rights in our country had reached its nadir generations ago, but recent events like the murder of an unarmed black boy are making us question that assumption.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "nadir" means when you can explain it without saying "low point" or "worst."
Think of an unpleasant experience you have had, and fill in the blanks: “_____ reached a nadir when _____.”
Example: “The dinner out reached a nadir when the staff refused to remove the undercooked, uneaten chicken dishes from the bill.”
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Playing With Words:
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A Point Well Made:
Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."
1. The opposite of NADIR is
2. Clare recalled being at the nadir of her high school years, _____.
A. stressed out and losing sleep over exams and college applications.
B. too excited about summer vacation to care much about her classes.
C. slowly changing her worldview as she realized how sheltered she was.
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