From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nihilism \Ni"hil*ism\, n. [L. nihil nothing: cf. F. nihilisme.
   See Annihilate.]
   1. Nothingness; nihility.
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   2. The doctrine that nothing can be known; scepticism as to
      all knowledge and all reality.
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   3. (Politics) The theories and practices of the Nihilists.
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