AskDefine | Define nihilist

Dictionary Definition



1 someone who rejects all theories of morality or religious belief
2 an advocate of anarchism [syn: anarchist, syndicalist]

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl la nihil + -ist.


  • a UK /ˈnaɪɪlɪst/|/ˈniːɪlɪst/


  1. In the context of "philosophy|religion": A person who accepts or champions nihilism.
  2. An absolute skeptic; a person who believes in the truth of nothing.


person who accepts nihilism

Extensive Definition

Nihilist can refer to
nihilist in German: Nihilist
Nihilsit comes from the word nihil in Latin. The word Nihil means "nothing".

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Bolshevik, Cassandra, Eeyore, Jacobin, Wobbly, anarch, anarchist, anarcho-syndicalist, animal, annihilator, anthropophagite, antinomian, arsonist, barbarian, beast, biblioclast, bomber, brute, burner, calamity howler, cannibal, cynic, defeatist, demolisher, destroyer, dynamitard, dynamiter, exterminator, extreme left-winger, extremist, hun, hyena, iconoclast, idol breaker, idoloclast, killjoy, left-wing extremist, lunatic fringe, malist, man-eater, mild radical, mutineer, negativist, parlor Bolshevik, parlor pink, pessimist, pink, pinko, prophet of doom, radical, rebel, red, retreatist, revolutionary, revolutionist, ruiner, sans-culotte, savage, seek-sorrow, shark, subversive, syndicalist, terrorist, tiger, ultra, ultraist, vandal, wild man, worrywart, wrecker, yippie
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