Definition of absolutize in English:


(also absolutise)


[with object]Philosophy Theology
  • Make or treat (something) as absolute.

    ‘modes of absolutizing what is merely relative’
    • ‘Our responsibility as the thinking-doubting faithful is to live graciously out of the Christian tradition without absolutizing it.’
    • ‘Finally, the author criticizes the sanctity of life concept by arguing that it is a form of idolatry of biological life and that it absolutizes this life by forgetting that there is a life to come.’
    • ‘One of Eckhart's key ideas is that God is infinitely greater than anything we can think about him, and that one of the problems with religion is that we absolutise our metaphors and our struggle to say something about God.’
    • ‘Perhaps we've idolized security, absolutizing it above other values.’
    • ‘In this sense, the Holy Spirit brings God's judgment upon the tendency to absolutize any human institution, even the most sacred.’