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absolute monarchy

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a monarchy without constitutional limits. Compare constitutional monarchy
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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 isn't a very big Kingdom," said he to Ozma, "but for that very reason it is easier to rule; and I have called myself an Emperor because I am an Absolute Monarch, and no one interferes in any way with my conduct of public or personal affairs.
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.
We have been sliding for 70 years to a situation where Congress has nothing to do with decision about whether to go to war or not, and the president is becoming an absolute monarch," Nadler said on the floor.
King Mswati III, who has at least 23 children and is Africa's last absolute monarch, famously selects a new wife at a reed dance where up to 100,00 women are paraded in front of him.
The Sultan is a liberal moderniser but an absolute monarch.
There was something incongruous about world leaders, who claim to be committed to spreading democracy, paying homage to Europe's last absolute monarch.
As an absolute monarch of the tiny Vatican City state, Benedict wields full executive, legislative and judicial power.
Bista, one of the two top aides of Gyanendra during his 15 months of direct rule, said the king never intended to go on ruling the country as an absolute monarch, as is widely believed.
Some think it "conservative" to hold that the pope is, in effect, an absolute monarch over the whole church, that he alone is a vicar of Christ, that everything he says or writes pertaining to faith and morals must be received as if it were infallible, that he has always had the exclusive authority to appoint bishops and that such powers as these belong to the papacy by divine right, that is, because Christ so willed it.