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ABSOLUTISM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does absolutism mean? 

ABSOLUTISM (noun)
  The noun ABSOLUTISM has 4 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: ABSOLUTISM used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ABSOLUTISM (noun)


Sense 1absolutism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dominance through threat of punishment and violence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

absolutism; despotism; tyranny

Hypernyms ("absolutism" is a kind of...):

ascendance; ascendancy; ascendence; ascendency; control; dominance (the state that exists when one person or group has power over another)


Sense 2absolutism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

tyranny; totalitarianism; Stalinism; shogunate; one-man rule; monocracy; dictatorship; Caesarism; authoritarianism; despotism; absolutism

Hypernyms ("absolutism" is a kind of...):

autarchy; autocracy (a political system governed by a single individual)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "absolutism"):

police state (a country that maintains repressive control over the people by means of police (especially secret police))


Sense 3absolutism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The principle of complete and unrestricted power in government

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

totalism; totalitarianism; absolutism

Hypernyms ("absolutism" is a kind of...):

ideology; political orientation; political theory (an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation)


Sense 4absolutism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The doctrine of an absolute being

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("absolutism" is a kind of...):

doctrine; ism; philosophical system; philosophy; school of thought (a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school)


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