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 8, 2007
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One who realizes that all societal and moral values are baseless, and sees no point to anything.
Live in the moment, don't bother dwelling on the past, or hoping for a future... it doesn't matter.
by GROMM February 10, 2005
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Someone who makes decisions based only on an objective perception of reality rather than emotions or personal benefit. A nihilist is not a self-aggrandizing narcissist who beleives that they are above the law. A Nihilist is someone who does not take pleasure from indulgence, therefore serial killers and insane dictators are not nihilists. People try to attach anti-social murderers to nihilism because they do not understand it and therefore fear it, and want everyone to hate it; however trying to manipulate others is a characteristic of anti-social behavior: So when someone tells you that Nihilists are evil, you know 2 things 1# The person telling you this is evil and #2 They are trying to manipulate you (A Nihilist wouldnt tell you this though because a Nihilist wouldnt tell you anything is evil, therefore I am not a Nihilist, its harder to become a Nihilist than a Doctor). Nihilists cannot be manipulated because they create their own beleifs about the world based on their experiences and facts ,influence free. A Nihilist would beleive in God if he met God. True enlightenment. Stage 5 in Maslow's theory, self-actualization and beyond. Sanity.
Children are told about Santa Claus because it fills their lives with a sense of fantasy that makes it more fun for them, when they are older and more mature they are told the truth. The same is true for religion, law, and good and evil.

A Nihilist is not someone who does harm to others.
Who is Better?
The man who helps others because of a reward of Heaven and a perfect life.
The man who helps others to see their gratitude.
The man who helps others because he chose to and needed no reward.

The first two help others only because it helps them in some way, the last man is the only one good in a righteous sense, A Nihilist, he does not need or want any reward. He simply helps because of his own beleif that he should, mabye jesus wasn't the son of god, just the first Nihilist and he needed to tell you a little fairy tale to get you to co-operate.
by matthhhhew December 12, 2006
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An atheist in need of a Snickers.
"There's no point to life or the useless constructs we use to pass through it. We are but an unhappy accident, if there were even such thing as true intention and a correct form of existence."

"Billy, you're sounding like a nihilist again. Do you need a snack?"

by SaucyMcMuffin September 29, 2014
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people that unrealistic idiots don't understand. its about realising that there is no essential value or purpose to existence or the universe, therefore everything that we do has no real point, and the hype isn't worth it.
I have an idea. Why don't you stop labelling Nihilism as a 'self-defeating philosophy' and actually declare what you think is the validation for existence. then you might have an argument.
by BadLieutenant November 9, 2004
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Nihilist - We believe in nothing, Lebowski. Nothing.
Nihilist: We thought we were going to get a million dollars! It's not fair!

Walter: Not fair? Who's the fucking nihilist?

Nihilists! Fuck me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos.
by JLiebs December 24, 2003
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We created our institutions and morals. So, they are not real. Read more on this please, it will enlighten you.
The Nihilist obvserved that without good there is no evil.
by Jarrett May 30, 2003
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