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nihilism

noun [U] uk   /ˈnaɪ.ə.lɪ.zəm/ specialized us  
a belief that all political and religious organizations are bad, or a system of thought that says that there are no principles or beliefs that have any meaning or can be truePhilosophy
nihilist
noun [C] uk   /-lɪst/ us  
Philosophy
nihilistic
adjective uk   /ˌnaɪ.əˈlɪs.tɪk/ us  
Philosophy
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