absolutism

noun

ab·​so·​lut·​ism ˈab-sə-ˌlü-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce absolutism (audio)
1
a
: a political theory that absolute power should be vested in one or more rulers
b
: government by an absolute ruler or authority : despotism
2
: advocacy of a rule by absolute standards or principles
3
: an absolute standard or principle
absolutist noun or adjective
absolutistic adjective

Examples of absolutism in a Sentence

concerning absolutism Lord Acton famously observed that “absolute power corrupts absolutely”
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Word History

Etymology

absolute + -ism (in political sense after French absolutisme)

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of absolutism was in 1823

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“Absolutism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absolutism. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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