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or Nietzscheanism

[nee-chee-iz-uh m or nee-chee-uh n-iz-uh m] /ˈni tʃiˌɪz əm or ˈni tʃi ənˌɪz əm/
the philosophy of Nietzsche, emphasizing the will to power as the chief motivating force of both the individual and society.
Origin of Nietzscheism
First recorded in 1905-10; Nietzsche + -ism
Related forms
Nietzschean, noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Barring the nietzschean who had functioned in his absence, none had expected him.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • Page xli, "nietzschean" changed to "Nietzschian" for consistency.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • They form the best possible introduction to nietzschean thought.

    Thoughts Out of Season (Part II) Friedrich Nietzsche
  • I thought you couldn't be in earnest about the nietzschean philosophy.

    The Simpkins Plot

    George A. Birmingham
  • As he watched her go, the nietzschean edifice seemed to shake and totter.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • The nietzschean idea of eternal recurrence is an Orphic idea.

    Tragic Sense Of Life Miguel de Unamuno
  • The natural innocence of genuine pagan delight draws back instinctively from the savage excesses of the nietzschean "blond beast."

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • The man with overflowing strength, both of mind and body, who must discharge this strength or perish, is the nietzschean ideal.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
Word Origin and History for nietzschean



1904, in reference to the ideas or followers of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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