- 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
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Professional politicians usually keep their distance from absolutist movements.Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Political Parties
October 8, 2013
The Saudis fear, probably rightly, that real power sharing is impossible in an absolutist state.Revolution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?
January 20, 2013
Taking an absolutist view on temporary cuts would rapidly make the whole pledge untenable.The Loophole in the Tax Pledge
November 28, 2012
The degradation of servitude, the absolutist lies must be uprooted and swept out.Under Western Eyes
Absolutist and military government now again prevailed at Prague.The Story of Prague
Count Francis Ltzow
He was taken for a mere bully and absolutist of the old type.History of Modern Europe 1972-1878
C. A. Fyffe
It did not lead the masses to storm the citadels of the absolutist order.Our Revolution
Objectivism in its absolutist and abstract forms assumes a standard—nature, essence, law—independent of process.Creative Intelligence
John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
- 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