absolutism

noun ab·so·lut·ism \ ˈab-sə-ˌlü-ˌti-zəm \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of absolutism

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

play \-ˌlü-tist\ noun or adjective

absolutistic

play \ˌab-sə-(ˌ)lü-ˈtis-tik\ adjective

Examples of absolutism in a Sentence

  1. concerning absolutism Lord Acton famously observed that “absolute power corrupts absolutely”

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Origin and Etymology of absolutism

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



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