Word + Quiz: nadir

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Word + Quiz: nadir

1. an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything

2. the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected

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The word nadir has appeared in 53 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Dec. 30 in “Gracie Gold Embraces a Rugged Comeback Path” by Karen Crouse:

Gracie Gold is still on the ice, steadily building a comeback in figure skating one small victory at a time.

At 24, she has replaced the sweeping ambitions that made her an Olympian in 2014 and, for a while, one of the favorites to win gold in 2018. Now she is taking what she considers a healthier approach.

Gold’s career was sidetracked by mental illness that reached its nadir in 2017, when she had to abandon her bid for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and enter an inpatient therapy clinic in Arizona to address an eating disorder, depression and anxiety.

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