Absolutists



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

As much as he feels under attack, so “the other side” of absolutists and Christian believers do, too.
Atheist King Richard Dawkins’ Rape Fantasy Tim Teeman July 30, 2014

Almost by definition, absolutists oversimplify, turning everything into a fight between angels and devils.
The Case for Crazy: What the GOP Would Learn by Picking Rick Santorum John Avlon March 15, 2012

absolutists on either side miss the practical realities of governing.
Holder, Carney Under Attack as Scandal-Gate Widens John Avlon May 13, 2013

Historical Examples

But absolutists like Rickert freely admit the sterility of the notion, even in their own hands.
The Meaning of Truth William James

Interpenetration and co-operation may supply the place of the metaphysical unity at which the absolutists aim.
Nature Mysticism J. Edward Mercer

They were fighting for unconditional restoration, and both as invaders and as absolutists the king was their accomplice.
Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

Both thinkers are absolutists in principle, though Hobbes gives to a monarch the power which Bentham gives to a democracy.
The English Utilitarians, Volume I. Leslie Stephen

It is probably this last notion that, consciously or unconsciously, weighs most in the psychology of the absolutists creed.
The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin

The absolutists on the other hand hoped that the king might by procrastination avoid the separation of the crowns.
The Political History of England – Vol XI George Brodrick

The Ritualists were absolutists in their political views and accepted the King’s intervention in church matters.
Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed. S. A. Reilly

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.

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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  • Absolutive

    noting or pertaining to the grammatical case or inflectional form of the subject of an intransitive verb and the direct object of a transitive verb in an ergative language such as Inuit. an absolutive form of a word in an ergative language. the absolutive case.

  • Absolutory

    giving absolution.



  • Absolve

    to free from guilt or blame or their consequences: The court absolved her of guilt in his death. to set free or release, as from some duty, obligation, or responsibility (usually followed by from): to be absolved from one’s oath. to grant pardon for. Ecclesiastical. to grant or pronounce remission of sins to. to remit […]

  • Absolvent

    to free from guilt or blame or their consequences: The court absolved her of guilt in his death. to set free or release, as from some duty, obligation, or responsibility (usually followed by from): to be absolved from one’s oath. to grant pardon for. Ecclesiastical. to grant or pronounce remission of sins to. to remit […]



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