nihilist

nihilist

nihilism

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.
    • political belief or action that advocates or commits violence or terrorism without discernible constructive goals.
    • 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.
  3. 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.]

nihilist n.

nihilistic adj.

nihilistically adv.