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Synonyms for annihilative

wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction

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The allusion to killing indicates Lorde's understanding of the annihilative undercurrent of recognition in its psychoanalytic incarnation, writing of these faceoffs, "Erase or be Erased
She is driven by an annihilative impulse, one embodied by her compulsive knitting; both are ceaseless, offering no reprieve.
It is thus not escape into an alternate reality but rather into the annihilative nonbeing of the withdrawal of one's soul: "I have abandoned myself.
If such was true, then others would have also been fully aware of the implications of anti-Semitism and its annihilative conclusions.
Unlike these films, Belle Epoque plays with gender boundaries rather than continuing filmic visions of annihilative sexuality.
New research shows that some of their brain cells remain intact through the supposedly annihilative process.
The reader, along with some of Lawrence's central figures here, wants to escape from a hostile world, wants not to confront its annihilative power yet must go forward to encounter its underworld faces and forms.
The enemy, as such, thus occupies the zone of 'bare life', the subject that dwells outside of the space of bio-politics and wanders the treacherous valleys of the shadow of sovereignty, whose blade hovers above, immanently waiting to strike with annihilative force.
In a society that can achieve "unity" only through hatred of an external army, in a "war of annihilative vengeance," to lie down with defeat, Joron argues, to play the game of "decay's cadences," to help "the decanted words flow back into the vessel's mouth," is to veer to victory.
A trunk containing hundreds of James Joyce's letters to, and presumably from, Lucia, given by Joyce to Maria Jolas to dispose of, has likewise vanished into the annihilative maw of the famille Joyce.
Indeed, annihilative, blissful sex may be our best consolation against, and distraction from, our personal insecurities, our religious beliefs and, most important, our own impending deaths.
No matter how profound Kafka's vision of nowhere is, it is ultimately annihilative.
The implication is that the intimate service of vassalage involves sacrifice, but that resistance to that imperative is annihilative.
This enacts an annihilative return to a pre-Symbolic fusion with the mother, which is made abject because it is prohibited, and made alluring as a means of return to being the object of the mother's desire.
This site, he elaborates, "is moreover so riven with contradictions about person, place, and time--since one speaks, and yet is dead, since one takes possession at a moment of dispossession, since one occupies a temporary split between a future that one will never occupy and a present one is evacuating--that the contradictions, rather than being annihilative, are productive" (119).