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Monday, 22 August 2011

Stuart's Daily Word Spot: Nadir

Nadir: noun - in astronomy, point in the heavens diametrically opposite some other point, especially the sun, the point of the heavens diametrically opposite the zenith; the point directly below an observer; the lowest point of anything; the time or place of greatest degradation or depression.

‘With the sun shining directly overhead, Philippa stood at the nadir, so that her shadow surrounded her feet equally in all directions.’

‘When Georgia left him for the final time, taking with her the car and children, Gordon reached the nadir of depression and, once more, took refuge from reality in beer.’

Pic: The Santa Barbara Settlement, near Sissi, Crete.
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