The doctrine or system of government under which the ruler has unlimited powers; despotism.
The quality of being absolute.
(philos.) Any doctrine involving the existence of some metaphysical or axiological principle that is absolute, or not relative.
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Origin of absolutism
First attested in 1753 (in the theological sense); attested in 1830 in the political sense. From absolute + -ism after Frenchabsolutisme.
Absolutism Sentence Examples
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.
On July 26 1914 Stiirgkh closed Parliament altogether, and non-parliamentary absolutism reigned for three years.
A treasonable senate secretly plotting his dethronement, a mutinous diet rejecting the most necessary reforms for fear of "absolutism," ungrateful allies who profited exclusively by his victories - these were his inseparable companions during the remainder of his life.
But the great wisdom of Peisistratus is shown most clearly in the skill with which he blinded the people to his absolutism.