Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Nonexistence; nothingness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being nothing, or of no account or importance; nothingness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Nothingness; a state of being nothing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state of nonexistence

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French nihilité, from Old French, from Medieval Latin nihilitās, from Latin nihil, nothing; see nihilism.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin nihil ("nothing") + -ity.

Examples

  • All the conflict of faith and doubt, the distress roused by the idea of nihility, the anger he had felt at the unjust sufferings of mankind, had been swept away by her fresh cool hands.

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris

  • All the conflict of faith and doubt, the distress roused by the idea of nihility, the anger he had felt at the unjust sufferings of mankind, had been swept away by her fresh cool hands.

    The Three Cities Trilogy: Paris, Complete

  • All the conflict of faith and doubt, the distress roused by the idea of nihility, the anger he had felt at the unjust sufferings of mankind, had been swept away by her fresh cool hands.

    The Three Cities Trilogy: Paris, Volume 4

  • Maybe it scares the hell out of you, but perhaps you yearn for it too … the nihility, the nothingness because it's your essence, your embodiment.

    The Door

  • Embrace the solace that accompanies the wave of dark nihility.

    The Door

  • Embrace the solace that accompanies the wave of dark nihility.

    The Door

  • Maybe it scares the hell out of you, but perhaps you yearn for it too ... the nihility, the nothingness because it's your essence, your embodiment.

    The Door

  • Has any one been ever able to answer his question: Speed an arrow from the limits of the world — will it fall into nothing, into nihility?

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • So that this much touted Caribbean Diaspora conference and meeting with President Bush may very well be an exercise in nihility given the fact that an incoming president – Democrat or Republican – is not bound by any law or principle to respect the positions set out in the communiqué.

    The Caribbean Dances With George Bush

  • His profoundest desire, he said, was todie, to know, at last, “complete unconciousness, total nihility, a final end to dreaming, the last and only salvation.”

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

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