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 1745–55Related formsab·so·lut·ist, noun, adjectiveab·so·lu·tis·tic, adjectiveab·so·lu·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·ab·so·lut·ist, nounnon·ab·so·lu·tis·tic, adjectivenon·ab·so·lu·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverbpro·ab·so·lut·ism, nounpro·ab·so·lut·ist, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for absolutistic
Historical Examples of absolutistic
It means a real change of heart, a break with absolutistic hopes, when one takes up this view of the conditions of belief.
History shows how easily both quietists and fanatics have drawn inspiration from the absolutistic scheme.
It is the absolutistic brand, spurning the dust and reared upon pure logic.
British Dictionary definitions for absolutistic
Derived Formsabsolutist, noun, adjective
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 absolutistic
1753 in theology; 1830 in politics, in which sense it was first used by British reformer and parliamentarian Maj. Gen. Thomas Perronet Thompson (1783-1869). See absolute and -ism.
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