ex nihilo

adverb or adjective
ex ni·​hi·​lo | \ (ˌ)eks-ˈnē-(h)ə-ˌlō How to pronounce ex nihilo (audio) , -ˈni-, -ˈnī- \

Definition of ex nihilo

: from or out of nothing creation ex nihilo

Examples of ex nihilo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Hilton was Europe’s first major modern hotel to be constructed ex nihilo after the war, built with glass, steel and White Portland cement from Germany, marble from Italy, aluminum windows, elevators and air-conditioning units from America. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2022 The process by which the horse-cart became the Mercedes EQ was one of evolution, not invention ex nihilo. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 18 Feb. 2022 Wrapped up in the consequences of God’s perfection, Christians also have to solve the problem of whether creation happened ex nihilo. Max Norman, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 Then there’s the tale of an artist incarcerated for murder, who appears to invent abstraction ex nihilo, and with it some version of the modern art market. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, 20 Oct. 2021 The new universe of rock ’n’ roll emerged ex nihilo. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 17 Oct. 2021 Right now, too many workers are waiting around for executives to pronounce ex nihilo, like the groundhog seeking its shadow, whether offices are safe or need to stay closed for another six weeks. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 These bills do not represent unprovoked Republican cultural aggression ex nihilo. The Editors, National Review, 10 July 2021 And the only reason the government does this absurd dance is because everyone is terrified of admitting Congress can create money ex nihilo. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, 18 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of ex nihilo

1656, in the meaning defined above

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“Ex nihilo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ex%20nihilo. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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