"...the band members sweat hard enough to earn their pretensions, and maybe even their nihilism" (rock critic Dave Marsh, reviewing the band XTC's album Go)
A desire for the complete rejection of the established order or social system and religious principles is an example of nihilism.
Nihilism in postwar art.
Origin of nihilism
- Latin nihil nothing ne in Indo-European roots –ism
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition