Meaning of nihilist

nihilist




If you reject all moral beliefs and take the view that life has no meaning, you could be called a nihilist.

Someone who is a nihilist is a believer of nihilism which literally means “nothingism.” They believe in nothing, maintaining that life has no meaning and rejecting all moral and religious values as well as political and social institutions. A movie in which human beings are shown as fundamentally evil creatures doomed to fail might be said to have nihilist themes.

Definitions of nihilist
  1. noun

    someone who rejects all theories of morality or religious belief

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    type of:

    nonreligious person

    a person who does not manifest devotion to a deity

  2. noun

    an advocate of anarchism

    synonyms:

    anarchist, syndicalist

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    Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin

    Russian anarchist; ally and later opponent of Karl Marx (1814-1876)
    Emma Goldman

    United States anarchist (born in Russia) who opposed conscription; was deported to the Soviet Union in 1919 (1869-1940)
    Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin

    Russian anarchist (1842-1921)
    Nicola Sacco

    United States anarchist (born in Italy) who with Bartolomeo Vanzetti was convicted of murder and in spite of world-wide protest was executed (1891-1927)
    Benjamin Ricketson Tucker

    United States anarchist influential before World War I (1854-1939)
    Bartolomeo Vanzetti

    United States anarchist (born in Italy) who with Nicola Sacco was convicted of murder and in spite of world-wide protest was executed (1888-1927)
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    radical

    a person who has radical ideas or opinions

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