Extreme skepticism, maintaining that nothing has a real existence. (noun)
The rejection of all moral principles. (noun)
(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. (noun)
The belief that all endeavors are ultimately futile and devoid of meaning. (noun)
Contradiction (not always deliberate) between behavior and espoused principle, to such a degree that all possible espoused principle is voided. (noun)
The deliberate refusal of belief, to the point that belief itself is rejected as untenable. (noun)
Examples of word nihilism
“The term nihilism is sometimes used … to denote a general mood of despair at the pointlessness of existence.”
But stunney clearly admitted that moral anti-realism, in fact moral nihilism, is logically indefeasible strictu sensu since, inter alia one cannot demonstrate strictu sensu that there are conscious beings other than oneself.
The old canard that lack of religion leads directly to nihilism is as cheap and insulting as my remarks above.
To most people, the notion that an apocalyptic nihilism is taking root in this nation's children will seem alarmist.
For all the bleating of the strident that this makes for "moral relativism" or, in the weighty but sadly empty words of Stephen Harper, "nihilism" - nothing turns on it.