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absolute monarchy

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a monarchy without constitutional limits. Compare constitutional monarchy
References in classic literature ?
1287a] We will next consider the absolute monarch that we have just mentioned, who does everything according to his own will: for a king governing under the direction of laws which he is obliged to follow does not of himself create any particular species of government, as we have already said: for in every state whatsoever, either aristocracy or democracy, it is easy to appoint a general for life; and there are many who entrust the administration of affairs to one person only; such is the government at Dyrrachium, and nearly the same at Opus.
It is too true, however disgraceful it may be to human nature, that nations in general will make war whenever they have a prospect of getting anything by it; nay, absolute monarchs will often make war when their nations are to get nothing by it, but for the purposes and objects merely personal, such as thirst for military glory, revenge for personal affronts, ambition, or private compacts to aggrandize or support their particular families or partisans.
Change these back again to what they were, thou powerful enchanter, Time, and they shall be seen to be the carriages of absolute monarchs, the equipages of feudal nobles, the toilettes of flaring Jezebels, the churches that are not my father's house but dens of thieves, the huts of millions of starving peasants
The tribes living near to the equator seem to be a little more civilized, and are governed by absolute monarchs, whose control is an unlimited despotism.
The small African country of Swaziland, which faces sanctions from the global community over alleged human rights abuses by the region's last absolute monarch, King Mswathi III, has boosted its poultry and poultry products sector, positioning it for a strong global export market.
The Umhlanga Reed Dance, a festival claiming to celebrate womanhood and virginity, involves bare-breasted women dancing and singing in beaded mini-skirts to catch the eye of King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch.
The empire lacked a written constitution with enumerated rights, separation of powers, democratic procedures, or any other explicit limits on the authority of the emperor, who seemed to rule by divine right as an absolute monarch.
He knew that an absolute monarch could only survive if he looked like an absolute monarch.
In handing out peerages as if they were sweeties, Cameron exercises the patronage of an absolute monarch.
A caliphate is a special thing in Islamic history and teaching: it is the empire of the Ummah (the believers), and the caliph is the head of state and theocratic absolute monarch.
As for power, the Hellcat's S&S Cycle connections make it the absolute monarch of motorcycles ?
The 67-year-old absolute monarch declared last year that he wanted to introduce a full Sharia system in his oil-rich nation and warned critics they could be prosecuted under the new laws.