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  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

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Absolutism may refer to:


  • Absolute monarchy, in which a monarch rules free of laws or legally organized opposition; especially in the period c. 1610 – c. 1789 in Europe
  • Autocracy, or "political absolutism", a political theory which argues that one person should hold all power


  • Moral absolutism, the belief in absolute standards against which moral questions can be judged, regardless of context
  • Graded absolutism, the view that a moral absolute, such as "Do not kill", can be greater or lesser than another moral absolute, such as "Do not lie"

Other uses

  • Absolute (philosophy), an objective and unconditioned reality said to underlie perceived objects
  • Absolute idealism, an ontologically monistic philosophy attributed to G.W.F. Hegel
  • Absolute space, a theory that space exists absolutely; contrast with relationalism

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