nihilist


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ni·hil·ism

 (nī′ə-lĭz′əm, nē′-)
n.
1. Philosophy The doctrine that nothing actually exists or that existence or values are meaningless.
2. Relentless negativity or cynicism suggesting an absence of values or beliefs: nihilism in postwar art.
3.
a. Political belief or action that advocates or commits violence or terrorism without discernible constructive goals.
b. also Nihilism A diffuse, revolutionary movement of mid-19th-century Russia that scorned authority and tradition and believed in reason, materialism, and radical change in society and government through terrorism and assassination.
4. Psychiatry A delusion, experienced in some mental disorders, that the world or one's mind, body, or self does not exist.

[Latin nihil, nothing; see ne in Indo-European roots + -ism.]

ni′hil·ist n.
ni′hil·is′tic adj.
ni′hil·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nihilist - someone who rejects all theories of morality or religious belief
nonreligious person - a person who does not manifest devotion to a deity
2.nihilist - an advocate of anarchismnihilist - an advocate of anarchism    
radical - a person who has radical ideas or opinions

nihilist

noun
1. cynic, sceptic, atheist, pessimist, agnostic, unbeliever Ripley has become a world-weary nihilist.
2. anarchist, revolutionary, extremist, agitator At heart, he's a revolutionist, an anarchist, a nihilist.
Translations

nihilist

[ˈnaɪɪlɪst] Nnihilista mf

nihilist

[ˈnaɪɪlɪst] nnihiliste mf

nihilist

nNihilist(in) m(f)

nihilist

[ˈnaɪɪlɪst] nnichilista m/f
References in classic literature ?
Father was branded as a nihilist and an anarchist, and in one cartoon that was copied widely he was portrayed waving a red flag at the head of a mob of long-haired, wild-eyed men who bore in their hands torches, knives, and dynamite bombs.
Perhaps the word is misused, and he is better described as a nihilist, or an annihilist.
A Nihilist who rejects all authority, because he knows authority to be evil, and welcomes all pain, because through that he realises his personality, is a real Christian.
According to my nephew they are more advanced even than the Nihilists.
In the cabin were arms and ammunition, and hidden in a secret receptacle in the cabin table was one of those infernal machines, the construction of which had occupied much of Paulvitch's spare time when he had stood high in the confidence of the Nihilists of his native land.
He, like everyone, had heard that there were, especially in Petersburg, progressives of some sort, nihilists and so on, and, like many people, he exaggerated and distorted the significance of those words to an absurd degree.
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If PCI Jovie Espenido will continue his nihilist campaign against alleged illegal drug personalities, then the mayor is not safe,' Villarin said.
Risking to be labeled as eternal rebel or even nihilist, professor Jove Kekenovski publically opens several issues and dilemmas in Sloboden pecat about the past work of the Special Public Prosecution.
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5 billion of arms to Riyadh and that it was surmised that much of these had ended up in the hands of the head-chopping nihilist monsters Isis.
Among 100 cases described in the literature analyzed by Berrios and Luque [1], 89 had depressed humor and the most commonly found delusion was the nihilist related to the body (86 cases).