absolutist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj absolutist pertaining to the principle of totalitarianism
    • n absolutist one who advocates absolutism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Absolutist Of or pertaining to absolutism; arbitrary; despotic; as, absolutist principles.
    • Absolutist (Metaph) One who believes that it is possible to realize a cognition or concept of the absolute.
    • Absolutist One who is in favor of an absolute or autocratic government.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n absolutist An advocate of despotism, or of absolute government. In metaphysics, one who maintains that there is an absolute or non-relative existence, and that it is possible to know or conceive it.
    • absolutist Of or pertaining to absolutism; despotic; absolutistic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Absolutist a supporter of absolute government
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. absolutus, pa.p. of absolvĕre. See Absolve.

Usage

In literature:

The degradation of servitude, the absolutist lies must be uprooted and swept out.
"Under Western Eyes" by Joseph Conrad
He was a strict absolutist.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66" by John Lothrop Motley
Beloff was sent to the east, and Antonovsky to the south, and the Absolutists became broken up.
"With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia" by John Ward
The Ritualists were absolutists in their political views and accepted the King's intervention in church matters.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
It has nothing in common with the absolutist States before or after '89.
"Readings on Fascism and National Socialism" by Various
But now, since we are all such absolutists by instinct, what in our quality of students of philosophy ought we to do about the fact?
"The Will to Believe" by William James
The absolutists on the other hand hoped that the king might by procrastination avoid the separation of the crowns.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
It had been behind the revolution that had recreated an absolutist monarchy in Spain.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
It means a real change of heart, a break with absolutistic hopes, when one takes up this view of the conditions of belief.
"Essays in Radical Empiricism" by William James
All these things were odious to the old governing classes of France; their spirit was absolutist, ecclesiastical and military.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4" by Various
The mercenary soldiers once employed by absolutist princes would go anywhere at any time and no questions asked.
"American World Policies" by Walter E. Weyl
As journalist and deputy he actively supported an absolutist policy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
Politically, the Dual Monarchy occupies a middle ground between absolutist Russia and constitutional England.
"Jewish Immigration to the United States from 1881 to 1910" by Samuel Joseph
He stripped the magical prestige from the absolutist monarchy in France.
"A Short History of the World" by H. G. Wells
It did not lead the masses to storm the citadels of the absolutist order.
"Our Revolution" by Leon Trotzky
It will not be worship as with the Chinese absolutist, nor mere friendship, as in the code of many a radical.
"The Hearth-Stone" by Samuel Osgood
The focus of the constitutional movement, she was savagely assailed by the Absolutists and their French allies.
"Southern Spain" by A.F. Calvert
Of course it was an orthodox and an almost rabid glorification of "sound" absolutist principles.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol IV. No. XX. January, 1852." by Various
It cleverly combined democratic and absolutist features.
"And the Kaiser abdicates" by S. Miles Bouton
Steeped in absolutist ideas, James was not likely to tolerate religious dissent.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 7" by Various
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In news:

Egypt's Morsi grants himself absolutist powers.
In fact I'd go further: I think even the most moral moral absolutists cannot be as moral as the most moral moral relativists .
In recent days, the declarations of independence from Norquist's absolutist anti-tax pledge have been coming fast and furious.
Bowles, Simpson: Deal won't get done with people being absolutists.
I'm not an absolutist, though.
All three of the youthful gay political plays I saw this past month apply a contemporary, absolutist outlook to gay history: Either people are gay or they aren't.
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In science:

At the so-called single photon level they are known to be virtually absolutist in splitting a beam by whole photons; either a whole photon goes through, or a whole photon is re flected, not both b y dividing incoming energy.
Quantum complimentarity, erasers and photons
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