nihilism : Definition, Usages, News and More

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nahy uh li zuhm

  • n  a revolutionary doctrine that advocates destruction of the social system for its own sake
  • n  the delusion that things (or everything, including the self) do not exist; a sense that everything is unreal
  • n  complete denial of all established authority and institutions

  • The youth get attracted to nihilism as moths get attracted to fire and the consequence of either's attraction is only destruction.
  • Most Americans find it difficult to grasp that some of the brightest and best-cared-for young are so enraged that they have opted for the nihilism of blowing up society.
  • The pattern of what Alberto Moravia aptly calls Hemingway's "ingenuous nihilism" was early set, but even Hemingway could not sustain himself on nada, or on bread alone.
News & Articles

  • Greg Sargent: Sabotage governing
    When a respected Beltway journalist like Chuck Todd takes note of the GOP's post-policy nihilism, folks should take notice.
    July 9, 2013 - Washington Post

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