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absolute monarchy

a monarchy that is not limited or restrained by laws or a constitution.
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absolute monarch, noun Unabridged
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  • Broad privileges were granted, but Prussia remained an absolute monarchy.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • The absolute monarchy of one age yields to the semi-democracy of the next.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • In reality it is an absolute monarchy, ruled by the "heaven-descended mikado."

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • A representative government may be as despotic as an absolute monarchy.

    Slavery William E. Channing
  • Originally this gigantic tropical empire was an absolute monarchy.

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik Van Loon
  • It is now an absolute monarchy with the green olive at its head.

  • Originally this gigantic tropical empire was an "absolute monarchy."

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik van Loon
  • He does not believe in absolute monarchy, and stays at this point.

British Dictionary definitions for absolute monarchy

absolute monarchy

a monarchy without constitutional limits Compare constitutional monarchy
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Contemporary definitions for absolute monarchy

a government determined solely by the ruler; also called despotic monarchy


Unions are demanding reform of Africa's last absolute monarchy.

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absolute monarchy in Culture

absolute monarchy definition

Rule by one person — a monarch, usually a king or a queen — whose actions are restricted neither by written law nor by custom; a system different from a constitutional monarchy and from a republic. Absolute monarchy persisted in France until 1789 and in Russia until 1917.

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