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A word that nobody really knows what it actually means but is often used by pretentious book and film critics so that they can feel smug.
Pretentious film critic: "The character of Jeffrey F DuMont held a pessismtic, indeed nihilistic, view of the sexual mores of Englands middle class Edwardian social strata, and upheld the view that the Schrodinger's cat paradox between Maria, the pastor's daughter and Bertie, the sentient lump of coal was essentially intrangible"
by Ghunt70 October 08, 2007
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People need to stop confusing nihilism with being pessimistic. They are different. You can't be "unhealthily nihilsitic". Expecting the fall of humanity and our lifetime being pointless can be a positive way of life.

If you are just depressed and think life is not worth living, you are not a nihilist. Stop abusing the word.
Trevor said he was unhealthily nihilistic, but he is actually pessimistic, and not a nihilist.
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As the most negative definition goes, if a person who has no moral code (except for what actually gets them in trouble legally, and even that may still be done if they can get away with it) they might be considered nihilistic. Also, a nihilistic person's moral code my stop at bros before hos, even if they are female, in which case it is usually a fellow nihilist (male) in which they are backing up. An example of this can be seen in the 1986 film "River's Edge."

If a person finds enjoyment in watching others suffer, it is possible that they could be called nihilistic. Someone who believes in the law of the jungle and their own id above all else could be said to be nihilistic.

i.e. Many of those on MTV, Comedy Central, E, other cable TV and radio stations...

Most (or at least the most visible) of those on 4-Chan's /B/, Youtube, most other websites, a typical high school...

A stereotypical spoiled and hedonistic frat boy also characterizes this one definition.

Looking out for #1, themselves, and others like them.
by Cynical-Lurker_78753 August 08, 2010
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