Nihilarian

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: nihilarian

English[edit]

Teacup clipart.svg The Tea room(+) is discussing this entry at the moment.
Please come along and share your opinions on this and the other topics being discussed there.

Etymology[edit]

nihil +‎ -arian

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /naɪˈhɪ.leə(ɹ).i.ən/
  • Hyphenation: ni‧hi‧la‧ri‧an

Proper noun[edit]

Nihilarian

  1. (pejorative) A purported school of thought dealing with trivial matters.
    • 1901, Alexander Campbell Fraser, The Works of George Berkeley, D.D., Formerly Bishop of Cloyne, translation of original by George Berkeley, Commonplace Book, page 14:
      If the wit and industry of the Nihilarians were employ'd about the usefull & practical mathematiques, what advantage had it brought to mankind !