nihilism

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noun ni·hil·ism \ˈnī-(h)ə-ˌli-zəm, ˈnē-\

Definition of nihilism

  1. 1a :  a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless Nihilism is a condition in which all ultimate values lose their value. — Ronald H. Nashb :  a doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths

  2. 2a :  a doctrine or belief that conditions in the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable for its own sake independent of any constructive program or possibilityb capitalized :  the program of a 19th century Russian party advocating revolutionary reform and using terrorism and assassination

nihilist

play \ˈnī-(h)ə-list, ˈnē-\ noun or adjective

nihilistic

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Origin and Etymology of nihilism

German Nihilismus, from Latin nihil nothing — more at nil


First Known Use: 1812


NIHILISM Defined for English Language Learners

nihilism

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noun ni·hil·ism \ˈnī-(h)ə-ˌli-zəm, ˈnē-\

Definition of nihilism for English Language Learners

  • : the belief that traditional morals, ideas, beliefs, etc., have no worth or value

  • : the belief that a society's political and social institutions are so bad that they should be destroyed


Medical Dictionary

nihilism

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noun ni·hi·lism \ˈnī-(h)ə-ˌliz-əm, ˈnē-\

Medical Definition of nihilism

  1. 1:  nihilistic delusion

  2. 2:  skepticism as to the value of a drug or method of treatment

nihilistic

\ˌnī-(h)ə-ˈlis-tik, ˌnē-\play adjective


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