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Meaning of NIHILISM

Pronunciation:  n'Iul`izum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a revolutionary doctrine that advocates destruction of the social system for its own sake
  2. [n]  complete denial of all established authority and institutions
  3. [n]  the delusion that things (or everything, including the self) do not exist; a sense that everything is unreal

NIHILISM is a 8 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: nihilistic delusion
 See Also: anarchy, delusion, doctrine, ism, lawlessness, philosophy, psychotic belief, school of thought



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ni"hil*ism\, n. [L. nihil nothing: cf. F. nihilisme.
See {Annihilate}.]
1. Nothingness; nihility.

2. The doctrine that nothing can be known; scepticism as to
   all knowledge and all reality.

3. (Politics) The theories and practices of the Nihilists.

Thesaurus Terms
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