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1‘there was absolute silence in the house’
complete, total, utter, out-and-out, outright, entire, perfect, pure, decided
thorough, thoroughgoing, undivided, unqualified, unadulterated, unalloyed, unmodified, unreserved, downright, undiluted, solid, consummate, unmitigated, sheer, arrant, rank, dyed-in-the-wool
2‘everything I have told you is the absolute truth’
definite, certain, positive, unconditional, categorical, unquestionable, undoubted, unequivocal, decisive, conclusive, confirmed, manifest, infallible
3‘the parliament was only consultative, with absolute power remaining with the king’
unlimited, unrestricted, unrestrained, unbounded, unbound, boundless, infinite, ultimate, total, supreme, unconditional, full, utter, sovereign, omnipotent
4‘an absolute monarch’
autocratic, despotic, dictatorial, tyrannical, tyrannous, authoritarian, arbitrary, imperious, domineering, high-handed, draconian, autonomous, sovereign, autarchic, autarchical, anti-democratic
5‘absolute moral standards’
universal, fixed, independent, non-relative, non-variable, absolutist
rigid, established, set, settled, definite, decided, irrevocable, unalterable, unquestionable, authoritative, incontrovertible, in black and white
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