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: a political theory that absolute power should be vested in one or more rulers
: government by an absolute ruler or authority : despotism
: advocacy of a rule by absolute standards or principles
: an absolute standard or principle
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authoritarianism, autocracy, czarism (also tsarism), despotism, dictatorship, totalitarianism, tyranny
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1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
absolute + -ism (in political sense after French absolutisme)
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