- the principle or the exercise of complete and unrestricted power in government.
- any theory holding that values, principles, etc., are absolute and not relative, dependent, or changeable.
Origin of absolutism
First recorded in 1745–55
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Examples from the Web for absolutism
The Russian Revolution summed everything up in an instant: in place of dynastic rule, absolutism of a different kind.Can We Divorce Our Elites?
April 13, 2014
What are some great works of literature that you admire for their ability to combat dictatorship and absolutism?Ismail Kadare: How I Write
January 31, 2013
In this new climate anything less than anti-abortion absolutism is unacceptable.GOP Grassroots Furious at Romney Over Akin, Abortion Rape Exception
August 23, 2012
If Romanism is to be the religion of the State, let it be allied with Absolutism.Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.
Charles James Lever
There is a vast difference between this and the absolutism of the mystic.Critical Miscellanies, Vol. I
On the other hand, they marked the approach of France to absolutism.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
William Milligan Sloane
They prepared to undo the work of absolutism by the hand of absolutism.Lectures on the French Revolution
John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Absolutism may thrive without a God, for it needs only slaves.Atheism Among the People
Alphonse de Lamartine
- the principle or practice of a political system in which unrestricted power is vested in a monarch, dictator, etc; despotism
- any theory which holds that truth or moral or aesthetic value is absolute and universal and not relative to individual or social differencesCompare relativism
- the doctrine that reality is unitary and unchanging and that change and diversity are mere illusionSee also monism (def. 2), pluralism (def. 5b)
- Christianity an uncompromising form of the doctrine of predestination
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Word Origin and History for absolutism
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