2. [syn: nihilistic delusion, nihilism]
3. complete denial of all established authority and institutions;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Nihilism \Ni"hil*ism\, n. [L. nihil nothing: cf. F. nihilisme.
1. Nothingness; nihility.
2. The doctrine that nothing can be known; scepticism as to
all knowledge and all reality.
3. (Politics) The theories and practices of the Nihilists.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a revolutionary doctrine that advocates destruction of the
social system for its own sake
2: the delusion that things (or everything, including the self)
do not exist; a sense that everything is unreal [syn:
nihilistic delusion, nihilism]
3: complete denial of all established authority and institutions
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
63 Moby Thesaurus words for "nihilism":
Jacobinism, New Left, Old Left, agnosia, anarchism,
anarcho-syndicalism, anarchy, antinomianism, block, blocking,
chaos, confusion, criminal syndicalism, cynicism, defeatism,
delirium, delusion, delusion of persecution, dismalness, disorder,
disorderliness, disorganization, disorientation, disruption,
extreme left, extreme left wing, extremism, flight of ideas,
gloominess, gloomy outlook, hallucination, hallucinosis,
left-wing extremism, lynch law, malism, mental block,
mental confusion, misrule, mob law, mob rule, mobocracy,
negativism, nihilistic delusion, ochlocracy, paralogia, pessimism,
primal chaos, psychological block, radicalism, radicalization,
rebellion, retreatism, revolution, revolutionism, sans-culotterie,
sans-culottism, syndicalism, tohubohu, turmoil, ultraconservatism,
ultraism, uncheerfulness, unruliness