- of or believing in nihilism, or the total rejection of established laws and institutions: An exhibition of nihilistic art—now there's an oxymoron!
- embracing anarchy, terrorism, and destruction: nihilstic tactics learned in a terrorist bootcamp.
- Philosophy. of or believing in an extreme form of skepticism; belief in nothingness.
Origin of nihilistic
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Examples from the Web for nihilistic
Secretary of State John Kerry called the group, “ugly, savage, inexplicable, nihilistic, valueless evil.”Don't Start a War Over a Hostage
August 27, 2014
That may be partially because The Big Lebowski is their most nihilistic presentation.Dudes and Maudes Abide at New York City Lebowski Fest
August 25, 2014
They are poached instead of hard-boiled, boasting anti-heroes with nihilistic worldviews who are nevertheless vulnerable.‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’
March 14, 2014
The answer is that it was not, being instead a series of dissociated gestures that flopped right into a nihilistic void.Miley Cyrus: The Nadir of American Civilization?
August 28, 2013
They say they will “listen to the Web,” which was the central arena of their nihilistic campaign, “and decide what to do.”The United States Can’t Insulate Itself From Euro Politics
February 28, 2013
He is too negative, too nihilistic, and his quest of Buddhahood will end in a lamentable failure.The Buddha
The result appears to be a sort of nihilistic sense-idealism.Modern Skepticism
C. J. Ellicott
After Csnad, he issued proclamations which can only be described as nihilistic.
A nihilistic delusion is one which denies existence in whole or part.Applied Psychology for Nurses
Mary F. Porter
A nihilistic bomb exploded in the cabinet of the czar would scarcely have created more consternation than did my statement.Princess Zara