Definition of absolutism in US English:



  • The acceptance of or belief in absolute principles in political, philosophical, ethical, or theological matters.

    • ‘Yet the German nation did not succeed in shaking off the yoke of absolutism and in establishing democracy and parliamentary government.’
    • ‘At its core, this is an argument that absolutism should always be met with absolutism, a notion that I think is wildly mistaken.’
    • ‘Thus papal absolutism and Spanish absolutism, secular and ecclesiastical power, grew ever more complementary and interdependent.’
    • ‘This arrogant spirit of ontological absolutism pervades his essay.’
    • ‘Benedict's experience of Nazism led him to a fear not of absolutism but of totalitarianism, in which authority and truth are divorced.’
    • ‘Thus we see evil as being inextricably linked to moral absolutism, by the route of religion, which excludes understanding and is ultimately oppressive.’
    • ‘At the heart of Schiller's play, written two years before the French Revolution, lies a confrontation between absolutism and liberty.’
    • ‘Locke's political ideas reflect the alliance of classes that jointly opposed the drive to absolutism in mid and late seventeenth century England.’
    • ‘The linchpin of my argument is the distinction between absolutism, relativism, and pluralism.’
    • ‘This absolutism is wrong in principle, and it's also bad politics.’
    • ‘I was raised Catholic and left at an early age, but the Roman church's absolutism and attention to detail stay with one for life.’
    • ‘Certainly, there was the occasional despot who aspired to religious absolutism.’
    • ‘In the very act of rejecting hierarchies of value, relativism constructs a hierarchy, which values its own relativism above any absolutism.’
    • ‘It seemed as if the military and financial power of absolutism excluded every possibility of a revolution in Russia.’
    • ‘Then the region's leaders sided with absolutism during WWI and then Facism during WWII.’
    • ‘It is not moral absolutism but theological relativism we would do well to explore if our real need is for a God with whom we can engage our lives.’
    • ‘As Europe basked in the Enlightenment, Popish superstition and its stablemate monarchical absolutism appeared to be receding into the past.’
    • ‘Nor should it be thought that Marx's defence of democratic rights only extended to countries in which there was feudal absolutism.’
    • ‘They were opposed by a Conservative party, which supported royal absolutism and bureaucratic centralism.’
    • ‘In other words, modernity has become critical of modernism and of its own utopian absolutism.’