Definitions for: Absolutism


[n] the doctrine of an absolute being
[n] the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government
[n] a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
[n] dominance through threat of punishment and violence



Webster (1913) Definition: Ab"so*lu`tism, n.
1. The state of being absolute; the system or doctrine of the
absolute; the principles or practice of absolute or
arbitrary government; despotism.

The element of absolutism and prelacy was
controlling. --Palfrey.

2. (Theol.) Doctrine of absolute decrees. --Ash.

Synonyms: authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, despotism, dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalism, totalitarianism, totalitarianism, tyranny, tyranny

See Also: ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, autarchy, autocracy, control, doctrine, dominance, ideology, ism, philosophy, police state, political orientation, political theory, school of thought

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