their state to be absolute the system or doctrine for the absolute the maxims or practice of absolute or arbitrary government despotism
- prominence through threat of discipline and assault
- a kind of federal government where ruler is an absolute dictator (perhaps not limited by a constitution or laws and regulations or opposition etc.)
- the principle of total and unrestricted power in government
- the doctrine of a complete being
- their state of being absolute; the device or doctrine of absolutely the; the concepts or rehearse of absolute or arbitrary government; despotism.
- Doctrine of absolute decrees.
1753 in theology; 1830 in politics, which sense it had been first used by British reformer and parliamentarian Maj. Gen. Thomas Perronet Thompson (1783-1869). See absolute and -ism.
the alternative of Relativism. Metaphysics: the idea for the Absolute (q.v.). Epistemology: the doctrine that objective or absolute, rather than just general and man, facts are possible. Axiology: the view that standards of value (ethical or visual) are absolute, unbiased, superhuman, eternal Politics: Cult of unrestricted sovereignty located in the ruler. -- W.L.
(letter.) Hawaii to be absolute; the system or doctrine of absolute; the concepts or training of absolute or arbitrary federal government; despotism.
- (letter.) Doctrine of absolute decrees.
Nevertheless, it is possible to trace through the apparent chaos an uninterrupted movement from absolutism to representative institutions.