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nihilism

Pronunciation: ni'il-izm, ni'hi-lizm

Definition:

  1. In psychiatry, the delusion of the nonexistence of everything, especially of the self or part of the self.
  2. Engagement in acts that are totally destructive to one's own purposes and those of one's group.

[L. nihil, nothing]

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