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See also Nihilism
- (UK) IPA: /ˈnaɪ(h)ɨ̞lɪz(ə)m/, /ˈnɪhɨ̞lɪz(ə)m/, /ˈniː(h)ɨ̞lɪz(ə)m/
- (U.S.) IPA: /ˈnaɪəˌlɪz(ə)m/, /ˈniəˌlɪz(ə)m/
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- (philosophy) Extreme skepticism, maintaining that nothing has a real existence.
- (ethics) The rejection of all moral principles.
- (politics) (capitalized by protagonist Turgenev) A Russian anarchistic revolutionary doctrine (1860-1917) holding that conditions in the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable for its own sake, independent of any constructive program or possibility.
- 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.
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- (belief all endeavours are void) fatalism
extreme philosophical scepticism
rejection of all moral principles
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