Absolutist



the principle or the exercise of complete and unrestricted power in government.
any theory holding that values, principles, etc., are and not relative, dependent, or changeable.
Contemporary Examples

Professional politicians usually keep their distance from absolutist movements.
Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Political Parties David Frum October 7, 2013

Taking an absolutist view on temporary cuts would rapidly make the whole pledge untenable.
The Loophole in the Tax Pledge Justin Green November 27, 2012

The Saudis fear, probably rightly, that real power sharing is impossible in an absolutist state.
Revolution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? Bruce Riedel January 19, 2013

Historical Examples

On the contrary, with its back against the absolutist order, it resisted the onslaught of the masses that were pushing it forward.
Our Revolution Leon Trotzky

Objectivism in its absolutist and abstract forms assumes a standard—nature, essence, law—independent of process.
Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

It was not long before he definitely identified himself with the absolutist party.
The Political History of England – Vol XI George Brodrick

He stripped the magical prestige from the absolutist monarchy in France.
A Short History of the World H. G. Wells

The absolutist courts are always on better terms with our constitutional monarchy, than our monarchy with us.
What is Property? P. J. Proudhon

It has nothing in common with the absolutist States before or after ’89.
Readings on Fascism and National Socialism Various

absolutist and military government now again prevailed at Prague.
The Story of Prague Count Francis Ltzow

noun
the principle or practice of a political system in which unrestricted power is vested in a monarch, dictator, etc; despotism
(philosophy)

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
the doctrine that reality is unitary and unchanging and that change and diversity are mere illusion See also monism (sense 2), pluralism (sense 5b)

(Christianity) an uncompromising form of the doctrine of predestination
n.

1830, from absolute + -ist. From 1837 as an adjective.
n.

1753 in theology; 1830 in politics, in which sense it was first used by British reformer and parliamentarian Maj. Gen. Thomas Perronet Thompson (1783-1869). See absolute and -ism.

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