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nihilism

ni·hil·ism

nihilism

 
 
pronunciation:
naI lih zm [or] ni lih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a philosophy that holds that there is no objective basis for moral truths and therefore traditional values are meaningless.
definition 2: the belief that existence has no meaning or purpose.
Whereas earlier rock musicians had proclaimed that love could make the world a better place, punk rockers embraced nihilism and voiced an extreme cynicism.
definition 3: the doctrine that all present governments and institutions are useless and should be dismantled.
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derivations: nihilist (adj.), nihilistic (adj.), nihilist (n.)