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nadir
lowest point; point on the celestial sphere diametrically opposite the zenith
naivet\'e(naivety)
quality of being unsophisticated; simplicity; artlessness; gullibility; ADJ. naive(na\"ive): ingenuous; lacking worldliness; simple; credulous
narcissist
conceited person; N. narcissism; CF. narcissus
narrative
related to telling a story; N: narrated account; story; V. narrate: tell (a story); CF. narration
nascent
incipient; coming into being or existence; Ex. nascent ability in music
natal
connected with birth; CF. prenatal; CF. postnatal
natation
swimming
natty
neatly or smartly dressed; dapper; smart; Ex. natty dresser
nausea
feeling of sickness and desire to vomit; disgust; CF. seasickness
nauseate
cause to become sick; fill with disgust; fill nausea
nauseous
causing nausea; feeling nausea
nautical
pertaining to ships or navigation
navigable
(of a body of water) wide and deep enough to allow ships to pass through; (of a ship or aircraft) able to be steered
nebula
diffuse mass of interstellar dust or gas; galaxy
nebulous
vague; hazy; cloudy; of a nebula; Ex. nebulous proposal
necromancy
black magic; sorcery; dealings with the dead; art that professes to communicate with the spirits of the dead so as to predict the future; CF. necromancer; CF. necro+divination; CF. necro-: death; Ex. necropolis
nectar
drink of the gods; sweet liquid collected by bees
nefarious
very wicked
negate
cancel out; nullify; cause to have no effect; deny; N. negation
negligence
neglect; failure to take reasonable care; ADJ. negligent: neglectful; lax; not taking enough care
negligible
so small, trifling, or unimportant as to be easily disregarded
nemesis
someone seeking revenge; source of downfall or ruin; CF. Nemesis
neologism
new or newly coined word or phrase
neophyte
recent convert; new member of a religious group; beginner; CF. plant
nepotism
favoritism (to a relative); CF. nephew
nether
lower; Ex. nether garments/regions
nettle
irritate; annoy; vex; ADJ. nettlesome
nexus
connection
nib
beak(bill); pen point
nicety
precision; accuracy; minute distinction or difference; Ex. to a nicety: exactly; precisely; Ex. distinguish between niceties
niggardly
meanly stingy; parsimonious; N. niggard: stingy person
niggle
spend too much time on minor points (esp. when finding fault); find fault; Ex. niggle over details; ADJ. niggling
nihilist
one who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist; CF. nihilism: belief that nothing has meaning or value; belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
nimble
quick in movement; agile; quick in understanding; Ex. nimble climber/mind
nip
snip off; stop something's growth or development; bite; make numb with cold; Ex. nip the plan; Ex. A guard dog nipped the postman; Ex. fingers nipped by the extreme chill
nirvana
in Buddhist teachings, the ideal state in which the individual loses himself in the attainment of an impersonal beatitude
nocturnal
done or active at night; Ex. nocturnal animals/raids; CF. nocturne
noisome
foul smelling; very unpleasant; unwholesome
nomadic
wandering; N. nomad: tribe who migrates from place to place
nomenclature
terminology(system of specialized words); system of names or naming things
nominal
in name only; of a name; trifling; (of a sum of money) very small; CF. nominate: propose as a candidate; appoint
nonchalance
indifference; lack of concern; composure; ADJ. nonchalant: unconcerned; cool; indifferent; Ex. nonchalant attitude to his debts
noncommittal
neutral; refusing commitment to a particular opinion; unpledged; undecided
nondescript
undistinctive; ordinary; ordinary-looking; Ex. nondescript fellow in a crowd
nonentity
person of no importance; nonexistence
nonplus
put at a loss; bring to a halt by confusion; perplex; CF. no more
nonsense
speech or writing with no meaning; foolish behavior or language; Ex. make (a) nonsense of: spoil; cause to fail
noose
loop formed in a rope
nostalgia
homesickness; longing for the past; Ex. nostalgia for the clothes of 1920s; ADJ. nostalgic
nostrum
questionable medicine; quack medicine; CF. our (remedy)
notable
conspicuous; worthy of note; remarkable; important; distinguished; noted
notch
V-shaped cut in a surface; V.
notoriety
disrepute; ill fame
nourish
provide with food necessary for life and growth
nourishment
something that nourishes; food
nova
star that suddenly becomes much brighter and then returns to its original brightness
novelty
something new; newness; ADJ. novel: new; original
novice
beginner
noxious
harmful; CF. obnoxious
nuance
shade of slight difference in meaning or color; subtle distinction
nubile
marriageable; of marriageable age; CF. connubial
nugatory
worthless; futile
nullify
make invalid; make null; invalidate
numismatist
person who collects coins; N. numismatics: study or collection of money, coins, and medals
nuptial
of marriage or the wedding ceremony; N; nuptials; wedding ceremony
nuptial
related to marriage or the wedding ceremony; N. nuptials: wedding ceremony
nurse
suckle; take care of (as a nurse); bear in mind; Ex. nursing mother; Ex. nurse a hope/grudge against someone
nurture
nourish; feed; educate; rear; care for while it is growing or developing; foster; cultivate; N: something that nourishes; rearing
nutrient
nourishing substance; ADJ: providing nourishment
nutrition
process of nourishing or being nourished; CF. malnutrition
nutritious
providing nourishment