現在似乎只在Webster 1913 Dictionary edited by Patrick J. Cassidy 才找得到解釋:
n.Nihility; nothingness. [R.]
Little Dorrit, CHAPTER 10Thomas Carlyle 所鑄:
Containing the whole Science of Government
Dismiss that hope, your Lordship! Let all real and imaginary Governors of England, at the pass we have arrived at, dismiss forever that fallacious fatal solace to their do-nothingism: of itself, too clearly, the leak will never stop; by human skill and energy it must be stopped, or there is nothing but the sea-bottom for us all!
Ch. 1: The Present Time
[written February 1, 1850.]