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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.
Johnson thinks he's some sort of absolute monarch, shutting Parliament & creating peers at will.
No king is an absolute monarch. There is no absolute power because the absolute drunkenness of power corrupts the bearer.
And to those who continue to work with him, just know that with every deal you close, you are simply helping entrench an absolute monarch under the guise of progress." As part of his efforts to break his country's near-total dependence on oil exports, MBS' government has invested heavily in American tech companies, including ridesharing app Uber and a raft of Silicon Valley startups like food delivery company Zume and 'smart window' firm View Inc.
An absolute monarch, it was the very definition of one kilogramme of mass.
When Mrs May says there will be no second vote on leaving the EU she forgets she is neither an absolute monarch nor a dictator, but a democratically elected MP.
Africa's last absolute monarch announced the new name in April at celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Swazi independence from Britain.
In one of the best known passages of English literature, Hobbes writes: 'In such condition, there is no place for industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no culture of the earth; no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.' His only solution is an absolute authority in the form of an absolute monarch. Else, says Hobbes, there would be a 'war of all against all'.