Originally an astronomy term, our word nadir means "the lowest point" and has two beautiful opposites, both of which also started out in talks of stars and planets:
This word comes from an Arabic one meaning "opposite." Originally, the nadir of the sun was the point directly beneath it, or directly opposite it.
"The North American wild turkey population shrank down to 1.5 million by the 1970s. From its nadir in that decade, the turkey population slowly grew again, before peaking at 6 million in 2001."
Explain the meaning of "nadir" without saying "bad times" or "literally the worst."
Fill in the blanks: "When (some bad thing happened), (something) had reached its nadir."
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. The exact opposite of NADIR is ZENITH.
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