Absolute monarch

a monarchy that is not limited or restrained by laws or a constitution.
Contemporary Examples

Fifteen years later, King Felipe I of Redonda was crowned and ruled as an absolute monarch.
So You Want to Rule a Kingdom? A Wacky History of One-Man Nations Nina Strochlic July 16, 2014

Historical Examples

A tsarstvo is the domain of a tsar (czar), which is the title of an absolute monarch in Russia.
Folk Tales from the Russian Various

The position is nearly the same as that of an absolute monarch.
The Space Rover Edwin K. Sloat

But the proud prelate compromised neither his own dignity nor the dignity of the Church in the presence of the absolute monarch.
Classic French Course in English William Cleaver Wilkinson

He stormed and rated like an absolute monarch, and an absolute monarch he soon became.
History of the Moravian Church J. E. Hutton

He is and will be known to be an absolute monarch in his school.
The Best of the World’s Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume III (of X) – Great Britain and Ireland I Francis W. Halsey

To those whom it affects personally it is an absolute monarch.
Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why Martha M. Allen

It was up to me to stand—I was up for trial before the most absolute monarch in the world, the commander of a ship at sea.
A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen

If the most absolute monarch can make no laws, then disobeying them were no fault.
A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4) Richard Baxter

Sir, the decree of the most absolute monarch on earth is no decree till it is published.
Abridgement of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856 (4 of 16 vol.) Various

a monarchy without constitutional limits Compare constitutional monarchy

a ruler who governs alone and is not restrained by laws, a constitution, or custom
Usage Note

absolute monarchy n

a government determined solely by the ruler; also called despotic monarchy

Unions are demanding reform of Africa’s last absolute monarchy.
Usage Note


Rule by one person — a monarch, usually a king or a queen — whose actions are restricted neither by written law nor by custom; a system different from a constitutional monarchy and from a republic. Absolute monarchy persisted in France until 1789 and in Russia until 1917.


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