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  • adj. Of or relating to nihilism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or characterized by, nihilism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to the doctrine of social or political nihilism; characterized by nihilism: as, nihilistic views.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to nihilism


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  • Raznovich began her literary career at the age of sixteen, with Tiempo de amar (A Time to Love, 1960), a volume of what she defines as nihilistic poetry.

    Diana Raznovich.

  • No Wave has been described as nihilistic, "a movement predicated on negation - except those involved didn't consider it a movement, and didn't predicate it on anything."

    Jelena Darling: Bush Tetras, Live and Well

  • He is a suit who works for a very rich man and apparently revels in nihilistic destruction.

    Fun and Loathing in Las Vegas Washington D.C.

  • Bilbo: I miss your point, Zach. angryoldfatman: It's known as a nihilistic fixation.

    An Amazing Design Material

  • The other was that the idea of irony as counterbalancing sympathy with detachment began to isolate from the complex of paradoxical irony what may be called nihilistic irony, that peculiar merging of the satiric and the tragic adumbrated in Thirlwall's


  • indiscriminate posting of the cables - which Burns called "nihilistic" - and the more careful vetting evidenced by The New York Top Stories

  • It seems to be those are precisely the antidotes to the kind of nihilistic cultural trends that characterize America nowadays, and that conservatives ought to encourage Haitian immigration as a way to revitalize our flagging spiritual values.

    Matthew Yglesias » Haiti and Foreign Aid Critis

  • Unless people are motivated by a kind of nihilistic desire to punish, such primary or third party campaigns have to be based on a reasonable belief that southern states and the United States will, in normal electoral circumstances, elect people to the left of Blanche Lincoln or for the matter, Barack Obama, also now a frequent target of "progressive" criticism.

    Peter Connolly: The Democrats Strange New Civil War

  • But somehow that kind of nihilistic approach doesn't really work.

    David Nichtern: Becoming a 'Poet of Uncertainty'

  • Everybody here has to continue this advocacy and needs to make sure that we don't give over our town halls and our living rooms to people that are, you know, basically trafficking in a kind of nihilistic vision of the United States that says that somehow we don't have a responsibility to the next generation.

    Kelly Maher: Sen. Bennet Warns of "Nihilistic Vision of the US" (AUDIO)


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