[ ab-suh-loo-tiz-uhm ]
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  1. the principle or the exercise of complete and unrestricted power in government.

  2. any theory holding that values, principles, etc., are absolute and not relative, dependent, or changeable.

Origin of absolutism

First recorded in 1745–55

Other words for absolutism

Other words from absolutism

  • ab·so·lut·ist, noun, adjective
  • ab·so·lu·tis·tic, adjective
  • ab·so·lu·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·ab·so·lut·ist, noun
  • non·ab·so·lu·tis·tic, adjective
  • non·ab·so·lu·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • pro·ab·so·lut·ism, noun
  • pro·ab·so·lut·ist, adjective, noun

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How to use absolutism in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for absolutism


/ (ˈæbsəluːˌtɪzəm) /

  1. the principle or practice of a political system in which unrestricted power is vested in a monarch, dictator, etc; despotism

  2. philosophy

    • any theory which holds that truth or moral or aesthetic value is absolute and universal and not relative to individual or social differences: Compare relativism

    • the doctrine that reality is unitary and unchanging and that change and diversity are mere illusion: See also monism (def. 2), pluralism (def. 5b)

  1. Christianity an uncompromising form of the doctrine of predestination

Derived forms of absolutism

  • absolutist, noun, adjective

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