- 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
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|Jamelle Bouie|September 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Nan insisted that this last person was a Nihilist, while Jo declared she was an American refugee.The Four Corners Abroad|Amy Ella Blanchard
A Russian detective “wanted” Vera, who, to be sure, was a Nihilist.Adventures among Books|Andrew Lang
I have not yet told you why I am a nihilist, and that is what this story is for.Princess Zara|Ross Beeckman
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.
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.”