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It is vanity to desire a long life and to take no heed of a good life.
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Mediaeval Latin nadir, from Arabic نَظِيرُ السَّمْت naẓīru as-samt, nadir, properly “the point opposite السَمْتُ (as-samt) the zenith”, in which نَظِير naẓīr means “counterpart, corresponding to”.

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nadir

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  1. The point of the celestial sphere, directly opposite the zenith; inferior pole of the horizon; point of the celestial sphere directly under the place where we stand.
  2. (figuratively) The lowest point; time of greatest depression.
    Quotations
    • "The seventh century is the nadir of the human mind in Europe." — Hallam.
    • "In this nadir of poetic repute, when the only verse that most people read from one year’s end to the next is what appears on greetings cards, it is well for us to stop and consider our poets.... Poets are the leaven in the lump of civilization." Elizabeth Janeway (b. 1913), U.S. author, critic. The Writer’s Book, ch. 30, ed. Helen Hull (1950).
  3. (astronomy) The axis of a projected conical shadow (e.g. the nadir of the sun is the axis of the conical shadow projected by the Earth)
  4. (beekeeping, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) an empty box added beneath a full one in a beehive to give the colony more room to expand or store honey.

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French

Etymology

As for the English word.

Noun

nadir m.

  1. (astronomy) nadir

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Italian

Etymology

As for the English word.

Pronunciation

nadìr, /naˈdir/, /na"dir/

Noun

nadir m.

  1. (astronomy) nadir

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