nihilism

  • 1 Nihilism — • One who bows to no authority and accepts no doctrine, however widespread, that is not supported by proof. Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Nihilism     Nihilism      …

    Catholic encyclopedia

  • 2 nihilism — NIHILÍSM s.n. Atitudine, tendinţă, concepţie sau manifestare care neagă rânduielile, instituţiile, morala, tradiţiile culturale existente într o societate dată, fără să le opună, în schimb, altele superioare; atitudine de negare absolută. – Din… …

    Dicționar Român

  • 3 nihilism —    Nihilism is literally the belief in nothing, that is, the rejection of everything. Few Western philosophers believe that nothing exists at all, though this view is attributed to some Eastern philosophers; nihilism is usually used to denote the …

    Christian Philosophy

  • 4 nihilism — [nī′ə liz΄əm, nē′ə liz΄əm; nī′hi liz΄əm, nē′hiliz΄əm] n. [< L nihil (see NIHIL) + ISM] 1. Philos. a) the denial of the existence of any basis for knowledge or truth b) the general rejection of customary beliefs in morality, religion, etc.:… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Nihilism — Ni hil*ism, n. [L. nihil nothing: cf. F. nihilisme. See {Annihilate}.] 1. Nothingness; nihility. [1913 Webster] 2. The doctrine that nothing can be known; scepticism as to all knowledge and all reality. [1913 Webster] 3. (Politics) The theories… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 nihilism — index anarchy, lynch law Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 7 nihilism — (n.) 1817, the doctrine of negation (in reference to religion or morals), from Ger. Nihilismus, from L. nihil nothing at all (see NIL (Cf. nil)), coined by German philosopher Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743 1819). In philosophy, an extreme form… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 nihilism — [n] refusal to believe abnegation, agnosticism, anarchy, atheism, denial, disbelief, disorder, lawlessness, mob rule*, nonbelief, rejection, renunciation, repudiation, skepticism, terrorism; concept 689 Ant. belief, faith, obedience, optimism …

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  • 9 nihilism — ► NOUN 1) the rejection of all religious and moral principles. 2) Philosophy extreme scepticism, maintaining that nothing has a real existence. DERIVATIVES nihilist noun nihilistic adjective. ORIGIN from Latin nihil nothing …

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  • 10 Nihilism — This article is about the philosophical doctrines. For other uses, see Nihilism (disambiguation). Certainty series Agnosticism Belief Certainty Doubt Determini …

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  • 11 nihilism —    by Rex Butler   Nietzsche is one of Baudrillard s defining influences. He is one of the few thinkers whose presumptions are not turned against them as Baudrillard was to do with Marx in The Mirror of Production (1975 [1973]) and Saussure in… …

    The Baudrillard dictionary

  • 12 nihilism — nihilist, n., adj. nihilistic, adj. /nuy euh liz euhm, nee /, n. 1. total rejection of established laws and institutions. 2. anarchy, terrorism, or other revolutionary activity. 3. total and absolute destructiveness, esp. toward the world at… …

    Universalium

  • 13 Nihilism —    A philosophical doctrine most prodigiously articulated by German philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) first and foremost and then Martin Heidegger (1889–1976). Nihilists were also followers and sympathizers of the Nihilist movement, a… …

    Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1914

  • 14 nihilism — [[t]na͟ɪɪlɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT Nihilism is a belief which rejects all political and religious authority and current ideas in favour of the individual. Why should a great community like a university be afraid of nihilism?. Derived words: nihilist… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 nihilism — noun /ˈnʌɪ(h)ɨ̞lɪz(ə)m,ˈnɪhɨ̞lɪz(ə)m,ˈniː(h)ɨ̞lɪz(ə)m,ˈnaɪəˌlɪz(ə)m,ˈniəˌlɪz(ə)m/ a) Extreme skepticism, maintaining that nothing has a real existence. ...the band members sweat hard enough to earn their pretensions, and maybe even their nihilism …

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  • 16 NIHILISM —    the principles of a movement on the part of the educated classes in Russia which repudiates the existing creed and organisation of society, and insists on a root and branch wholesale abolition of them and a reconstruction of them on… …

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • 17 nihilism — noun she could not accept Bacon s nihilism, his insistence that man is a futile being Syn: skepticism, negativity, cynicism, pessimism; disbelief, unbelief, agnosticism, atheism …

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  • 18 nihilism — noun Etymology: German Nihilismus, from Latin nihil nothing more at nil Date: circa 1817 1. a. a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless b. a doctrine that denies any objective… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 nihilism — 1. In psychiatry, the delusion of the nonexistence of everything, especially of the self or part of the self. 2. Engagement in acts that are totally destructive to one s own purposes and those of one s group. [L. nihil, nothing] therapeutic n. a… …

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  • 20 nihilism — A theory promoting the state of believing in nothing, or of having no allegiances and no purposes. The term is incorrectly used to characterize all persons not sharing some particular faith or particular set of absolute values …

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