- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnaɪ(h)ɨ̞lɪz(ə)m/, /ˈnɪhɨ̞lɪz(ə)m/, /ˈniː(h)ɨ̞lɪz(ə)m/
- (U.S.) IPA(key): /ˈnaɪəˌlɪz(ə)m/, /ˈniəˌlɪz(ə)m/
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- (philosophy) A philosophical doctrine grounded on the negation of one or more meaningful aspects of life.
- (ethics) The rejection of inherent or objective moral principles.
- (politics) The rejection of non-rationalized or non-proven assertions in the social and political spheres of society.
- (politics, historical) A Russian movement of the 1860s that rejected all authority and promoted the use of violence for political change.
- The belief that all endeavors are ultimately futile and devoid of meaning.
- "...the band members sweat hard enough to earn their pretensions, and maybe even their nihilism" (rock critic Dave Marsh, reviewing the band XTC's album Go)
- Contradiction (not always deliberate) between behavior and espoused principle, to such a degree that all possible espoused principle is voided.
- The deliberate refusal of belief, to the point that belief itself is rejected as untenable.
- (belief all endeavours are void) fatalism
extreme philosophical scepticism
rejection of all moral principles
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