- an extreme form of skepticism: the denial of all real existence or the possibility of an objective basis for truth.
- nothingness or nonexistence.
Origin of nihilism
Examples from the Web for nihilist
Contemporary Examples of nihilist
And that fact means we should expect even more shenanigans from the nihilist wing of the GOP.Why the GOP’s Shutdown Insanity Won’t Hurt the Right Wing
September 20, 2013
Historical Examples of nihilist
You guessed rightly when you said that I am not a nihilist at heart.
Was it the princess who informed you that Durnief was a nihilist?
If I should become a nihilist, it would be to protect the emperor, not to betray your friends.
Then you never had such a thought until you knew I was a nihilist?
I have already mentioned it as often given by a nihilist to one whom he believes may be one with him.
Word Origin for nihilism
1836 in the religious or philosophical sense, from French nihiliste, from Latin nihil (see nihilism). In the Russian political sense, it is recorded from 1871. Related: Nihilistic.
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.