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nihilism

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Philosophy, Policies
nihilismni‧hil‧is‧m /ˈnaɪəlɪzəm/ noun [uncountable]  1 RPthe belief that nothing has any meaning or value2 RPPPPthe idea that all social and political institutions should be destroyednihilist noun [countable]nihilistic /ˌnaɪəˈlɪstɪk◂/ adjective
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nihilismIf we are to go beyond nihilism we shall have to devise a strategy to examine this.The implicit nihilism and aggression are global.Fitzgerald understood Khayyam's nihilism and his rage.Karl is a serious musician who missed out on the nihilism of the Seventies punk and largely retained Sixties hippy values.Unfortunately this diagnosis is often used non-specifically; it also tends to promote a sense of therapeutic nihilism.But the problem with this type of creation-as-destruction is that the negative aspect is easily equated with nihilism.
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