absolutism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n absolutism the doctrine of an absolute being
    • n absolutism the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government
    • n absolutism a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
    • n absolutism dominance through threat of punishment and violence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Chinese artists freely painted scenes of nakedness and sex. However, they would absolutely never depict a bare female foot.
    • Absolutism (Theol) Doctrine of absolute decrees.
    • Absolutism The state of being absolute; the system or doctrine of the absolute; the principles or practice of absolute or arbitrary government; despotism. "The element of absolutism and prelacy was controlling."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: No species of wild plant produces a flower or blossom that is absolutely black, and so far, none has been developed artificially.
    • n absolutism The state of being absolute. Specifically, in political science, that practice or system of government in which the power of the sovereign is unrestricted; a state so governed; despotism.
    • n absolutism The principle of absolute individual power in government; belief in the unrestricted right of determination or disposal in a sovereign.
    • n absolutism The theological doctrine of predestination or absolute decrees.
    • n absolutism The metaphysical doctrines of the absolutists. Synonyms Tyranny, Autocracy, Absolutism, etc. See despotism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Absolutism government where the ruler is without restriction
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Quotations

  • George Santayana
    George%20Santayana
    “The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
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    “Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.”
  • Will Cuppy
    Will Cuppy
    “Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.”
  • Bruce Barton
    Bruce%20Barton
    “No sex, age, or condition is above or below the absolute necessity of modesty; but without it one vastly beneath the rank of man.”
  • Sir John Egan
    Sir John Egan
    “The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “If a man needs an elaborate tombstone in order to remain in the memory of his country, it is clear that his living at all was an act of absolute superfluity.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

There is only one remedy for this evil, and that remedy is absolute and blind obedience to a prudent director.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
I think Miss Strong's absolutely adorable.
"A Popular Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Who makes the speeches, absolutely puts together the words, which are uttered when the Address is moved and seconded?
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
She leaned back in her chair, looking up at him with clear, grey eyes that met his with absolute freedom.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
They tend to make men feel their absolute dependence upon God, and thus lead them to obey His law.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
It is probable that Pythagoras was absolutely correct in his hypothesis.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
Some of them show a good many hysterical symptoms, while in others such symptoms are absolutely wanting.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
The streets were absolutely deserted.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
The religious feeling, which judges truth, is characterized by absolute dependence.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
Green turf is absolutely an essential.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

And all the town admired for two full years
His excellent address, his gifts of fruit,
Her gracious ways and delicate white ears,
And held the course of nature absolute.
"Samuel Sewall" by Anthony Hecht
Four things are absolutely requisite,
For ev'ry one that wou'd receive aright —
True Christian faith — Repentance unconfin'd —
Love universal — and a thankful mind.
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard
Why! Christ to thee, there, absolution gives,
And freely all thy sumless sins forgives,
An absolution, by thy God made good---
An absolution, seal'd with Christ's best blood!
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard
The will to life is remorselessly exploding all eternity
there is no death
we must acquiesce
there is no and then the yes
yes we want it so
we can't choose the absolute nothing
"Fate" by Ivan Blatny
Your clear eye is the one absolutely beautiful thing.
I want to fill it with color and ducks,
The zoo of the new
Whose name you meditate —
April snowdrop, Indian pipe,
Little
"Child" by Sylvia Plath
Under their shadows the pitiful subalterns are sleeping;
The moon is usual; the necessary lovers touch;
The river is alone and the trampled flower;
And through years of absolute cold
"As We Like It" by W H Auden

In news:

The Nightfall concert series brings some great music talent to the stage each Friday during its run—however, there are always one or two absolute standouts in the series lineup in any given year.
'Absolute-Return' Funds Aren't So Definite .
Playing God has never been more popular: Click is just the latest comedy to grant divine powers to a dumb zhlub, while "God games" grant absolute power to any zhlub with a PC.
It took only a few days to discover that I now lived in a city where there was absolutely nothing to eat.
We saw two honourable men absolutely pollute themselves in desperation to be president or.
Boston City Councillor Sal LaMattina is absolutely right to begin the process before the Conservation Commission which could lead to a $25,000 a day fine for the owner of Pier 8.
Despotism debases the oppressed much more than the oppressor: in absolute monarchies the king has often great virtues, but the courtiers are invariably servile.
America was built on the desire of the People, also known as Patriots, to separate themselves from the Kingdom of Great Britain, a government that our Founding Fathers said exhibited "absolute tyranny" over the colonial states.
He says President Obama is absolutely lazy and detached from his job.
"Hopefully it, too, will come to recognize that absolute security is impossible to achieve in the nuclear age, and that if its enemies' nuclear programs cannot be delayed or disrupted, deterrence is less disastrous than preventive war.".
Alex Werner, the curator of the Museum of London's " Dickens and London" exhibition, says the city was "absolutely central" to Dickens ' work.
An absolutely true Oregon history comic (with minor embellishments).
The kind of family that believes teaching your toddler to swear and threaten a grown man for an online comedy skit is OK, as long as the kid is too young to remember and it results in absolute hilarity.
The QuickTech TT-42 from Absolute Machine Tools provides many of the same advantages as a Swiss-type lathe for small, complex parts that don't justify the use of a guide bushing.
He wanted to be the next Jerry Rice, and his 6-foot-6, 240-pound frame suggests he would have given any opposing coach, at any level, absolute fits when they saw him standing on the opposite sideline.
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In science:

The black curve is the graph of the mean absolute linking number of two uniform random polygons and the dashed curve is the graph of the mean absolute linking number of two uniform random walks.
The linking number and the writhe of uniform random walks and polygons in confined spaces
The black curve is the graph of the mean absolute linking number of a uniform random polygon and a fixed square and the dashed curve is the graph of the mean absolute linking number of a uniform random walk and a fixed square.
The linking number and the writhe of uniform random walks and polygons in confined spaces
We have analyzed numerically the scaling of the mean absolute value of the linking number between two equilateral random walks of n steps and the mean absolute value of the self-linking number of an equilateral random walk of n steps.
The linking number and the writhe of uniform random walks and polygons in confined spaces
This is equivalent with the absolute order and absolute argument of the Bessel function being equal.
Observation of Stueckelberg oscillations in dipole-dipole interactions
The fol lowing properties hold: 1. (Time rescaling) Let τ : [0, T ′] → [0, T ] be a strictly increasing absolutely continuous map with absolutely continuous inverse s = τ −1 .
On a class of modified Wasserstein distances induced by concave mobility functions defined on bounded intervals
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