absolutism

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noun ab·so·lut·ism \ˈab-sə-ˌlü-ˌti-zəm\

Definition of absolutism

  1. 1a :  a political theory that absolute power should be vested in one or more rulersb :  government by an absolute ruler or authority :  despotism

  2. 2 :  advocacy of a rule by absolute standards or principles

  3. 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

Origin and Etymology of absolutism

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


First Known Use: 1823



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