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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
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Nietzschean, noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I thought you couldn't be in earnest about the nietzschean philosophy.

    The Simpkins Plot George A. Birmingham
  • Barring the nietzschean who had functioned in his absence, none had expected him.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • The natural innocence of genuine pagan delight draws back instinctively from the savage excesses of the nietzschean "blond beast."

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • As he watched her go, the nietzschean edifice seemed to shake and totter.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • They form the best possible introduction to nietzschean thought.

    Thoughts Out of Season (Part II) Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The whole of the younger generation have become nietzschean in politics, and believe in the will to power—der Wille zur Macht.

  • The nietzschean note is unmistakable in the two plays contained in the present volume.

    Creditors; Pariah August Strindberg
  • In other words, to use nietzschean terminology, the ethical taint even then existed, though in a less virulent form.

    Modernities Horace Barnett Samuel
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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