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[nahy-uh-lis-tik] /ˌnaɪ əˈlɪs tɪk/
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.
Related forms
nihilistically, adverb
antinihilistic, adjective
nonnihilistic, adjective
unnihilistic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for nihilistic
  • 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.
  • Our intuitions about free will, however, challenge this nihilistic view.
  • The motivation to create and set free a malicious organism is nihilistic, similar to those who create a computer virus.
  • It only achieved notoriety because it affronted the establishment of the time with its curse words and nihilistic effrontery.
  • While this essay contains anger and bitterness, is not simply a nihilistic diatribe.
  • There is another important way in which the nihilistic approach to history is expressed today.

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