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absolutism


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Absolutism  \Ab"so*lu`tism\,  n. 
  1.  The  state  of  being  absolute;  the  system  or  doctrine  of  the 
  absolute;  the  principles  or  practice  of  absolute  or 
  arbitrary  government;  despotism. 
 
  The  element  of  absolutism  and  prelacy  was 
  controlling.  --Palfrey. 
 
  2.  (Theol.)  Doctrine  of  absolute  decrees.  --Ash. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  absolutism 
  n  1:  dominance  through  threat  of  punishment  and  violence  [syn:  {tyranny}, 
  {despotism}] 
  2:  a  form  of  government  in  which  the  ruler  is  an  absolute 
  dictator  (not  restricted  by  a  constitution  or  laws  or 
  opposition  etc.)  [syn:  {dictatorship},  {authoritarianism}, 
  {Caesarism},  {despotism},  {monocracy},  {one-man  rule},  {shogunate}, 
  {Stalinism},  {totalitarianism},  {tyranny}] 
  3:  the  principle  of  complete  and  unrestricted  power  in 
  government  [syn:  {totalitarianism},  {totalism}] 
  4:  the  doctrine  of  an  absolute  being 




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