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definition of the word nihilism

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From Latin nihil (nothing).



nihilism (uncountable)

  1. (philosophy) Extreme skepticism, maintaining that nothing has a real existence.
  2. (ethics) The rejection of all moral principles.
  3. A doctrine holding that conditions in the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable for its own sake independent of any constructive program or possibility.
  4. The belief that all endeavors are ultimately futile and devoid of meaning.
  5. Contradiction (not always deliberate) between behavior and espoused principle, to such a degree that all possible espoused principle is voided.
    "...the band members sweat hard enough to earn their pretensions, and maybe even their nihilism" (rock critic Dave Marsh, reviewing the band XTC's album Go)
  6. The deliberate refusal of belief to the point that belief itself is rejected as untenable.

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