absolutism absolutism  /ˈæb sə ˌlu ˌtɪ zəm/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) dominance through threat of punishment and violence
  2. (n) a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
  3. (n) the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government
  4. (n) the doctrine of an absolute being

Usage(s):

  1. In fact, for abortion opponents whose views fall anywhere short of fanatical absolutism, the answer ought to be easy as well: full speed ahead.
  2. Nor has Guevara's uncompromising, unrealistic style of struggle, or his ethical absolutism, prevailed.
  3. But the reason I can't get down with the conservatives, despite my libertarian leanings, is their absolutism.

News

  • Potsdam, Germany gives a journey into history books

    POTSDAM, Germany – In the days of the Berlin Wall— that unforgettable symbol of Communist absolutism—the dateline for anything coming out of this city of 159,456, which rests in the middle 20 lakes and rivers, would have required that you link Potsdam with East Germany.
    on August 21, 2013     Source: The News-Reporter

Quotes

  1. "Bad religion is a very powerful tool for bad people to use against each other, because it carries with it some of that absolutism that is rooted in a rather insecure kind of faith," said Dr Williams.
    on Oct 21, 2007 By: Rowan Williams Source: Telegraph.co.uk

  2. "While risky, setting a deadline is vital to send a message that business as usual is no longer acceptable to the people. Every minute delayed in ending the conflict is a minute gained by forces of militant absolutism committed to erase the...
    on Sep 18, 2007 By: Daniel Source: Earthtimes.org

  3. "I'm hopeful through the debate on this nominee, and the next Supreme Court nomination, we can avoid the destructive partisanship that approached the brink of absolutism in ideology," said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
    on Sep 28, 2005 By: Pat Roberts Source: MSNBC

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