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nadir

lowest point

Although few people realized it, the Dow-Jones averages had reached their nadir and would soon begin an upward surge.

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naivete

quality of being unsophisticated

I cannot believe that such naivete is unassumed in a person of her age and experience.

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narcissist

conceited person

A narcissist is his own best friend.

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nascent

incipient; coming into being

If we could identify these revolutionary movements in their nascent state, we would be able to eliminate serious trouble in later years.

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natation

swimming

The Red Cross emphasizes the need for courses in natation.

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natty

neatly or smartly dresssed

Priding himself on being a natty dresser, the gangster Bugsy Siegel collected a wardrobe of imported suits and ties.

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necromancy

black magic; dealings with the dead

Because he was able to perform feats of necromancy, the natives thought he was in league with the devil.

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nefarious

very wicked

He was universally feared because of his many nefarious deeds.

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negligence

carelessness

negligence can prove costly near complicated machinery.

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negligible

so small, trifling, or unimportant as to be easily disregarded

Because the damage to his car had been negligible, Michael decided he wouldn't bother to report the matter to his insurance company.

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nemesis

revenging agent

Captain Bligh vowed to be Christian's nemesis.

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neologism

new or newly coined word or phrase

As we invent new techniques and professions, we must also invent neologisms such as "microcomputer" and "astronaut" to describe them.

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neophyte

recent convert; beginner

This monuntain slope contains slides that will challenge esperts as well as neophytes.

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nepotism

favoritism (to a relative)

John left his position with the company because he felt that advancement was based on nepotism rather than ability.

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nether

lower

Tradition locates hell in the nether regions.

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nettle

annoy; vex

Do not let him nettle you with his sarcastic remarks.

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nexus

connection

I fail to see the nexus that binds these two widely separated events.

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nib

beak; pen point

The nibs of fountain pens often become clotted and corroded.

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nicety

precision; minute distinction

I cannot distinguish between such niceties of reasoning.

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niggardly

meanly stingy; parsimonious

The niggardly pittance the widow receives from the government cannot keep her from poverty.

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niggle

spend too much time on minor points; carp

Let's not niggle over details.

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nihilism

denial of traditional values; total skepticism

nihilism holds that existence has no meaning.

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nirvana

Buddihist teachings, the ideal state in which the individual loses himself in the attainment of an impersonal beatitude

Despite his desire to achieve nirvana, the young Buddhist found that even the buzzing of a fly could distract him from his meditation.

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noisome

foul smelling; unwholesome

I never could stand the noisome atmosphere surrounding the slaughter houses.

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nominal

in name only; trifling

He offered to drive her to the airport for only a nominal fee.

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nonchalance

indifference; lack of interest

Few people could understand how he could listen to the news of the tragedy with such nonchalance; the mahority regarded him as callous and unsympathetic.

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noncommittal

neutral; unpledged; undecided

We were annoyed by his noncommittal reply for we had been led to expect definite assurances of his approval.

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nondescript

undistinctive; ordinary

The private detective was a short, nondescript fellow with no ourstanding features, the sort of person one would never notice in a crowd.

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nonplus

bring to a halt by confusion; perplex

Jack's uncharacteristic rudeness nonplussed Jill, leaving her uncertain how to react.

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nostrum

questionable medicine

No quack selling nostrums is going to cheat me.

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nuance

shade of difference in meaning or color

The unskilled eye of the layperson has difficulty in dicerning the nuances of color in the paintings.

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nubile

marrigeable

Mrs. Bennet, in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, was worried about finding suitable husbands for her five nubile daughters.

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nugatory

futile; worthless

This agreement is nugatory for no court will enforce it.

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nullify

to make invalid

Once the contract was nullified, it no longer had any legal force.

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numismatist

person who collects coins

The numismatist had a splendid collection of antique coins.

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nuptial

related to marriage

Their nuptial ceremony was performed in Golden Gate Park.

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