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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nihilistnoun

    someone who rejects all theories of morality or religious belief

  2. anarchist, nihilist, syndicalistnoun

    an advocate of anarchism


  1. nihilistnoun

    A person who accepts or champions nihilism.

    Etymology: From nihil + -ist.

  2. nihilistnoun

    An absolute skeptic; a person who believes in the truth of nothing.

    Etymology: From nihil + -ist.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nihilistnoun

    one who advocates the doctrine of nihilism; one who believes or teaches that nothing can be known, or asserted to exist

    Etymology: [Cf. F. nihiliste. See Nihilism.]

  2. Nihilistnoun

    a member of a secret association (esp. in Russia), which is devoted to the destruction of the present political, religious, and social institutions

    Etymology: [Cf. F. nihiliste. See Nihilism.]


  1. Nihilist

    Nihilist was a Swedish death metal band formed in 1987 by Nicke Andersson and Alex Hellid. The band split-up in 1989 when Johnny Hedlund left to form Unleashed. The remaining members reformed the band under the name Entombed. Nihilist never recorded a full-length album before they renamed as Entombed, but a collection of their demo work was released in 2005. Guitarist Leif "Leffe" Cuzner died in June 2006. Nicke Andersson admitted in the recent book about the history of death metal and grindcore Choosing Death that after his relationship with Johnny Hedlund had grown ever more acrimonious, he had deliberately split the band up as a means of parting company with him. The last lineup of Nihilist minus Hedlund then reformed under the new name of Entombed, while Hedlund formed his own band Unleashed in reply.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Nihilist

    Originally a member of a Russian society whose members recognised no law save their own happiness. They sought to annihilate all ideas of God and government, as also of the rights of property. These ultra-Socialists sprang into existence in 1848.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nihilist in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nihilist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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