absolutism

[ ab-suh-loo-tiz-uhm ]
/ ˈæb sə luˌtɪz əm /

noun

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

Related forms

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Examples from the Web for absolutistic

  • History shows how easily both quietists and fanatics have drawn inspiration from the absolutistic scheme.

    The Meaning of Truth|William James
  • It is the absolutistic brand, spurning the dust and reared upon pure logic.

    Pragmatism|William James
  • It means a real change of heart, a break with absolutistic hopes, when one takes up this view of the conditions of belief.

British Dictionary definitions for absolutistic

absolutism

/ (ˈæbsəluːˌtɪzəm) /

noun

the principle or practice of a political system in which unrestricted power is vested in a monarch, dictator, etc; despotism
philosophy
  1. any theory which holds that truth or moral or aesthetic value is absolute and universal and not relative to individual or social differencesCompare relativism
  2. 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

Derived Forms

absolutist, noun, adjective
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