- 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 absolutists
As much as he feels under attack, so “the other side” of absolutists and Christian believers do, too.Atheist King Richard Dawkins’ Rape Fantasy
July 31, 2014
Absolutists on either side miss the practical realities of governing.Holder, Carney Under Attack as Scandal-Gate Widens
May 14, 2013
Almost by definition, absolutists oversimplify, turning everything into a fight between angels and devils.The Case for Crazy: What the GOP Would Learn by Picking Rick Santorum
March 16, 2012
Interpenetration and co-operation may supply the place of the metaphysical unity at which the Absolutists aim.Nature Mysticism
J. Edward Mercer
Both thinkers are absolutists in principle, though Hobbes gives to a monarch the power which Bentham gives to a democracy.The English Utilitarians, Volume I.
It is probably this last notion that, consciously or unconsciously, weighs most in the psychology of the Absolutists creed.The Behavior of Crowds
Everett Dean Martin
Their departure was almost immediately followed by open riots in favour of the absolutists.A History of England, Period III.
Rev. J. Franck Bright
The Ritualists were absolutists in their political views and accepted the King's intervention in church matters.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.
S. A. Reilly
- 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 absolutists
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper