Antedating of "Nihilist"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Oct 1 02:26:38 UTC 2013

nihilist (OED3 1854)

1823 _Eclectic Review_ Nov. 410 (ProQuest)  No common object united the immigrants, and no common character could be traced through the mass.  Of the number who finally filled up its extent, were Calvinistic, Arminian, Sabbatarian, and Separate Baptists, constituting, together, the largest class of inhabitants; Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Moravians, Quakers, and Jews.  Of most of these classes, a considerable number are Nihilists.

Fred Shapiro

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