Latin: ad, to; nihil, nothing

The act of reducing to nothing. Annihilation is opposed to creation. As in creation the whole being is produced from nothing, so in annihilation the whole being is reduced to nothing. It is a tenet of the original Adventists, of the Catharists, and, as some believe, of the Buddhists. God alone can annihilate. There is nothing in theology or modern science to lead to the belief that anything will be annihilated.