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[nahy-uh-lis-tik] /ˌnaɪ əˈlɪs tɪk/

of or believing in , or the total rejection of established laws and institutions:
An exhibition of nihilistic art—now there’s an oxymoron!
embracing anarchy, terrorism, and destruction:
nihilstic tactics learned in a terrorist bootcamp.
Philosophy. of or believing in an extreme form of skepticism; belief in nothingness.


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