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American optimism was probably at it’s post-war nadir when Jimmy Carter was president.
  the lowest point - physically or as a metaphor
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nadir nadirs
Strongly Associated with:   zenith
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  • American optimism was probably at it’s post-war nadir when Jimmy Carter was president.
  • …the maelstrom, like his father descending into the pits: a one-way dive from Zollverein past Schulpforta, past the horrors of Russia and Ukraine, past the mother and daughter in Vienna, his ambition and shame becoming one and the same, to the nadir in this basement on the rim of the continent where the apparition chants nonsense—Frau Schwartzenberger walks toward him, transforming herself as she approaches from woman to girl—her hair becomes red again, her skin smooths, a…
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Along an infinite invisible tightrope taut from zenith to nadir the End of the World, a twoheaded octopus in gillie’s kilts, busby and tartan filibegs, whirls through the murk, head over heels, in the form of the Three Legs of Man.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He was fond of comparing himself to Mahomet’s coffin, attracted in two different directions by two loadstones, and hesitating eternally between the heights and the depths, between the vault and the pavement, between fall and ascent, between zenith and nadir.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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  • The four compass points plus the zenith and the nadir are six.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • So these two beings lived in this manner, high aloft, with all that improbability which is in nature; neither at the nadir nor at the zenith, between man and seraphim, above the mire, below the ether, in the clouds; hardly flesh and blood, soul and ecstasy from head to foot; already too sublime to walk the earth, still too heavily charged with humanity to disappear in the blue, suspended like atoms which are waiting to be precipitated; apparently beyond the bounds of destiny; ignorant…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • This is the crisis at the nadir, at the zenith, or at the uttermost edge of the earth, at the central point of the cosmos, in the tabernacle of the temple, or within the darkness of the deepest chamber of the heart.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • And she rocked her back, back into the womb, to the nadir of her hurt, and they found it—a slight silver splinter, embedded just below the surface of the skin.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • Inside sat framed family pictures: an old, grainy photo of my grandfather and King Nadir Shah taken in 1931, two years before the king’s assassination; they are standing over a dead deer, dressed in knee-high boots, rifles slung over their shoulders.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • When he arrives at the nadir of the mythological round, he undergoes a supreme ordeal and gains his reward.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces

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  • It was on this soil that my grandfather had gone on a hunting trip with King Nadir Shah and shot a deer.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • The resultant cataclysm represented the typical crisis of the nadir, the termination of the old eon and initiation of the new.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Nadir of misery: the aged impotent disfranchised ratesupported moribund lunatic pauper.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • When the Herod figure (the extreme symbol of the misgoverning, tenacious ego) has brought mankind to the nadir of spiritual abasement, the occult forces of the cycle begin of themselves to move.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Economic fundamentals are past their best at the stock market’s zenith and well into recovery by the market’s nadir.
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Associated words [difficulty]:   nadir [8] , zenith [4]
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