First attested in 1753 (in the theological sense); attested in 1830 in the political sense. From absolute + -ism after Frenchabsolutisme.
Absolutism Sentence Examples
1637) ruled with almost the absolutism of the papacy.
This is perhaps the best that can be said of a king who incarnated the stolid absolutism of the period.
The Kongelov has the highly dubious honour of being the one written law in the civilized world which fearlessly carries out absolutism to the last consequences.
With the physiocrats, he believed in an enlightened absolutism, and looked to the king to carry through all reforms. As to the parlements, he opposed all interference on their part in legislation, considering that they had no competency outside the sphere of justice.
The Brazilians were universally discontented - on one side fearing absolutism if they supported the emperor, on the other anarchy if he fell.