- an extreme form of skepticism: the denial of all real existence or the possibility of an objective basis for truth.
- nothingness or nonexistence.
Examples from the Web for nihilism
I think with that generation, so many of their hopes have been so dashed that nihilism is really a natural response.The Gospel According to Nick Denton—What Next For The Gawker Founder?|Lloyd Grove|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It’s arguably the best film of the ‘90s—a postmodern pop culture smorgasbord awash in nihilism and dripping with retro cool.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary|Marlow Stern|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To understand better the nihilism of Thiessen's thinking, I must now quote his column at greater length.Doomsday Conservatives: Too Many Hormones, Too Little Plan|David Frum|December 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Journey to the End of the Night does not offer readers much more than nihilism as a response to a detestable world.The Search for Serious Literary Fiction for Republicans|James McGirk|November 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Or better, and to speak like Nietzsche, art with a hammer that practices, and then reverses and reevaluates, nihilism.
I feel as if I had been dipped in a warm bath of conspiracy and hung up to dry in the cold storage of nihilism!The Grafters|Francis Lynde
There is hope in the message of Brand; none in Tolstoy's nihilism.Ivory Apes and Peacocks|James Huneker
I speak the language of nihilism, but sponging has never been the guiding motive of my action.The Possessed|Fyodor Dostoevsky
But you must understand one thing: This night forever ends your connection with nihilism.Princess Zara|Ross Beeckman
And what other end but Nihilism can there be of your "neutral" obligatory schools and your atheistic laws?France and the Republic|William Henry Hurlbert
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Word Origin for nihilism
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Word Origin and History for nihilism
1817, "the doctrine of negation" (in reference to religion or morals), from German Nihilismus, from Latin nihil "nothing at all" (see nil), coined by German philosopher Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743-1819). In philosophy, an extreme form of skepticism (1836). The political sense was first used by German journalist Joseph von Görres (1776-1848). Turgenev used the Russian form of the word (nigilizm) in "Fathers and Children" (1862) and claimed to have invented it. With a capital N-, it refers to the Russian revolutionary anarchism of the period 1860-1917, supposedly so called because "nothing" that then existed found favor in their eyes.
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Culture definitions for nihilism
An approach to philosophy that holds that human life is meaningless and that all religions, laws, moral codes, and political systems are thoroughly empty and false. The term is from the Latin nihil, meaning “nothing.”