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a. A political theory holding that all power should be vested in one ruler or other authority.
b. A form of government in which all power is vested in a single ruler or other authority.
2. An absolute doctrine, principle, or standard.
ab′so·lu·tis′tic (-lo͞o-tĭs′tĭk) adj.
1. the principle or practice of a political system in which unrestricted power is vested in a monarch, dictator, etc; despotism
2. (Philosophy) philosophy
a. any theory which holds that truth or moral or aesthetic value is absolute and universal and not relative to individual or social differences. Compare relativism
3. (Theology) Christianity an uncompromising form of the doctrine of predestination
ˈabsoˌlutist n, adj
ab•so•lut•ism(ˈæb sə luˌtɪz əm)
1. the principle or the exercise of unrestricted power in government.
2. any theory holding that values, principles, etc., are absolute and not relative, dependent, or changeable.
ab′so•lut`ist, n., adj.
the theory and exercise of complete and unrestricted power in government. See also autarchy, autocracy, despotism, dictatorship, monarchy, oligarchy. — absolutist, n., adj. — absolutistic. adj.See also: Government
A political theory that all power should be in the hands of a single ruler.
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|Noun||1.||absolutism - dominance through threat of punishment and violence|
|2.||absolutism - a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)|
dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism
police state - a country that maintains repressive control over the people by means of police (especially secret police)
|3.||absolutism - the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government|
|4.||absolutism - the doctrine of an absolute being|
1. A political doctrine advocating the principle of absolute rule:
absolutism[ˈæbsəluːtɪzəm] N → absolutismo m
n → Absolutismus m