nihilistic

[nahy-uh-lis-tik]
adjective
1.
of or believing in nihilism, or the total rejection of established laws and institutions: An exhibition of nihilistic art—now there's an oxymoron!
2.
embracing anarchy, terrorism, and destruction: nihilstic tactics learned in a terrorist bootcamp.
3.
Philosophy. of or believing in an extreme form of skepticism; belief in nothingness.

Origin:
nihil(ism) + -istic

nihilistically, adverb
antinihilistic, adjective
nonnihilistic, adjective
unnihilistic, adjective
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nihilism (ˈnaɪɪˌlɪzəm)
 
n
1.  a complete denial of all established authority and institutions
2.  philosophy an extreme form of scepticism that systematically rejects all values, belief in existence, the possibility of communication, etc
3.  a revolutionary doctrine of destruction for its own sake
4.  the practice or promulgation of terrorism
 
[C19: from Latin nihil nothing + -ism, on the model of German Nihilismus]
 
'nihilist
 
n, —adj
 
nihil'istic
 
adj

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Example sentences
They are the ideal nihilistic cheerleaders for an angry electorate.
The media often stereotype punk as being violent, drug-fueled and nihilistic.
Any ideology resulting in genocide is nihilistic in essence.
It wasn't nihilistic, implying that the music's not worth anything at all.
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