Although few people realized it, the Dow-Jones averages had reached their nadir and would soon begin an upward surge.
quality of being unsophisticated
I cannot believe that such naivete is unassumed in a person of her age and experience.
A narcissist is his own best friend.
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.
The Red Cross emphasizes the need for courses in natation.
neatly or smartly dresssed
Priding himself on being a natty dresser, the gangster Bugsy Siegel collected a wardrobe of imported suits and ties.
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.
He was universally feared because of his many nefarious deeds.
negligence can prove costly near complicated machinery.
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.
Captain Bligh vowed to be Christian's nemesis.
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.
recent convert; beginner
This monuntain slope contains slides that will challenge esperts as well as neophytes.
favoritism (to a relative)
John left his position with the company because he felt that advancement was based on nepotism rather than ability.
Tradition locates hell in the nether regions.
Do not let him nettle you with his sarcastic remarks.
I fail to see the nexus that binds these two widely separated events.
beak; pen point
The nibs of fountain pens often become clotted and corroded.
precision; minute distinction
I cannot distinguish between such niceties of reasoning.
meanly stingy; parsimonious
The niggardly pittance the widow receives from the government cannot keep her from poverty.
spend too much time on minor points; carp
Let's not niggle over details.
denial of traditional values; total skepticism
nihilism holds that existence has no meaning.
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.
foul smelling; unwholesome
I never could stand the noisome atmosphere surrounding the slaughter houses.
in name only; trifling
He offered to drive her to the airport for only a nominal fee.
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.
neutral; unpledged; undecided
We were annoyed by his noncommittal reply for we had been led to expect definite assurances of his approval.
The private detective was a short, nondescript fellow with no ourstanding features, the sort of person one would never notice in a crowd.
bring to a halt by confusion; perplex
Jack's uncharacteristic rudeness nonplussed Jill, leaving her uncertain how to react.
No quack selling nostrums is going to cheat me.
shade of difference in meaning or color
The unskilled eye of the layperson has difficulty in dicerning the nuances of color in the paintings.
Mrs. Bennet, in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, was worried about finding suitable husbands for her five nubile daughters.
This agreement is nugatory for no court will enforce it.
to make invalid
Once the contract was nullified, it no longer had any legal force.
person who collects coins
The numismatist had a splendid collection of antique coins.
related to marriage
Their nuptial ceremony was performed in Golden Gate Park.