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Definition of the noun absolutist

What does absolutist mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: absolutists

  1. one who advocates absolutism
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: adherent / disciple = someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another

Definition of the adjective absolutist

What does absolutist mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. pertaining to the principle of totalitarianism

Alternative definition of the adjective absolutist


  1. Of or pertaining to absolutism; arbitrary; despotic; as, absolutist principles.

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Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Iceland (2016)

by Sverrir Jakobsson, Gudmundur Halfdanarson

This did not cause an immediate shift in the Icelandic administration, but gradually the absolutist monarchy abrogated many of the local privileges that limited royal authority in Iceland. Thus, in the early 18th century, Alþingi became a mere ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict (2008)

Predatory warfare was also one element of Europe's 'new monarchies' and absolutist states. According to Machiavelli, “warfare is the only art expected of a ruler.” Perry Anderson reminds us that “war was possibly the most rational and rapid ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Politics (2004)

by David Robertson

An absolutist system is one in which there is no limitation onwhata legitimategovernment may legallydo, where authority is absolute and unchecked. This is not tosaythat a legitimate government can do anything whatsoever and get away with ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (2002)

by R. J. Barry Jones

absolutist. states. Absolutism refers to a form of state that is based on (1) the absorption of smaller and weaker political units into larger, more effective bureaucratic political structures; (2) a strengthened ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy: Entries A-F (2001)

by R. J. Barry Jones

Absolutist states came to dominate most of the European landscape between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Between the eighth and the fourteenth centuries, the political system that prevailed in Europe was highly decentralized, with ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Political Theory (2010)

by Mark Bevir

It is not, strictly speaking, a doctrine about the origins of royal power: Although absolutist claims were often tied to the doctrine of the divine right of kings, they were also compatible with some variants of contractarianism. Like arguments for ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Law and Society (2007)

American and Global Perspectives by David Scott Clark

Absolutist and Relativist Views Perhaps more than any other fundamental legal concept, the notion of property invites contention. Disputation in this area cuts sharply into matters of political ideology, into individual perceptions of wealth and ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Politics (2015)

by David Professor Robertson

An absolutist system is one in which there ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Information Ethics and Security (2007)

by Quigley, Marian

An absolutist position wouldlikely say that the abovedescribed activities are indeed unethical whetheronly the e-mail message is involved or the larger-scale business activities (although an absolutist would recognize a difference between ...

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The absolutist king

Portrait of the portuguese king D. Miguel.

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