Meaning of “absolutism” in the English Dictionary

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"absolutism" in British English

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absolutismnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈæb.sə.luː.tɪ.zəm/ us /ˈæb.sə.luː.t̬ɪ.zəm/ specialized


  • He was a thinker whose theories were strangely compounded of absolutism and democracy.
  • Nationalities founded upon the principles of absolutism, embody and express the same laws and conditions.
  • Now the power of absolutism was broken.
  • Then psychology aspired to be a philosophy of real existence, and attacked both absolutism and materialism.
  • We are far from any thoughts of democracy in the early struggles against the absolutism of the Crown.

(Definition of “absolutism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"absolutism" in American English

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absolutismnoun [ U ]


politics & government a political system in which a single leader controls all branches of government and has authority over everyone and everything in the country

(Definition of “absolutism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)