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Definition of the noun absolutism

What does absolutism mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: absolutisms

  1. dominance through threat of punishment and violence
  2. a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
  3. the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government
  4. the doctrine of an absolute being

Alternative definition of the noun absolutism


  1. The state of being absolute; the system or doctrine of the absolute; the principles or practice of absolute or arbitrary government; despotism.
  2. [theology] Doctrine of absolute decrees. - Ash

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Absolutism

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Google previewIntroduction to Philosophical Ethics: A Christian Perspective (2012)

by Domenic Marbaniang

Conflicting Absolutism “The central assumption of the ethical position of conflicting absolutism is that we live in fallen world, and in such a world real moral conflicts do occur. The accompanying premise, however, is that when two duties conflict ...

Google previewna

The word absolutism means without limitation. Applied to the social scheme, or government, absolutism is the antithesis of democracy. In operation there is actually no difference. A governmental system may be democratically established , but ...

Google previewDictionary of Multicultural Psychology (2004)

Issues, Terms, and Concepts by Lena E. Hall

Cultural absolutism According to Berry, Poortinga, Segall, and Dasen (1992), cultural absolutism is the idea that...

Google previewModeling (2004)

Gateway to the Unknown : a Work by Rom Harré, Daniel Rothbart

absolutism is a pattern of mistakes about the grammar of spatial and temporal discourse, that in all contexts the concepts of space and of time and of space-time are subject to the same interpretation. As Wittgenstein remarked apropos of ...

Google previewRoadmap to the Regents (2003)

U.S. history and government by Princeton Review

Absolutism is the concept of a government holding unrestricted, or absolute, power.

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (2002)

by R. J. Barry Jones

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 previewTruth in Context

An Essay on Pluralism and Objectivity

Metaphysical absolutism is the view, as William James once put it, that reality " stands ready-made and complete," leaving our intellects to "supervene with the one simple duty of describing it as it is already"; (1910, 123). It is the idea that there ...

Google previewDecision Point (2013)

Real-Life Ethical Dilemmas in Law Enforcement by Jeffrey L. Green

Moral absolutism is the belief that certain actions are absolutely right and wrong, regardless of the intentions of the person taking them or the consequences of the action. It is the ...

Google previewThe 1630s (2006)

Interdisciplinary Essays on Culture and Politics in the Caroline Era by Ian Atherton, Julie Sanders

The term absolutism is a nineteenth-century neologism, originally a product of liberal journalism.' As a historical concept it glosses over important differences between European monarchies, while implying that administrative practices flowed ...

Google previewMilitary Chaplains and Religious Diversity (2012)

by K. Hansen

Moral absolutism refers to therejection of relativism and of religion as mere “ preference.” This isthepart ofthe sectarian ideal that intersects with the “orthodox” positionin the culture warthesis. Finally, custodial responsibility means that ...

Google previewEthics (1993)

Studying the Art of Moral Appraisal by Ronnie Littlejohn

Moral absolutism is a responsibility description which holds that it is always possible for a person to choose at least one alternative which is consistent with all the moral standards which apply to a specific case, and that anything short of this is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Protestantism (2004)

4-volume Set by Hans J. Hillerbrand

Although applied by historians today to the period from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, the term absolutism was not used then. The term “ absolutism” was coined in France in the 1790s to describe the principle, or the exercise, ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Democracy (2013)

by The Staff of Congressional Quarterly

Absolutism 3 Ultimately abolition was won by war rather than democratic process . The abolitionists supported the Union during the Civil War and championed immediate emancipation in Southern areas under Union military control. Many ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Political Theory (2010)

by Mark Bevir

The term absolutism, however, entered political discourse only in the eighteenth century, a century sometimes associated with enlightened absolutism. Absolutism is essentially a doctrine about the absence of limits to royal power. It is not ...

Google previewConcise Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2000)

ABSOLUTISM with the monistic idealism of such thinkers as F.H. Bradley and Josiah Royce, the first distinguishing the Absolute from God, the second identifying them. See also: Idealism T.L.S. SPRIGGE ABSOLUTISM The term ` absolutism' ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Ethics (2013)

by Lawrence C. Becker, Charlotte B. Becker

The view that there are some kinds of ACTION that we should rule out absolutely is often called 'moral absolutism'. Recently it is killing the innocent that has drawn the most attention as a candidate action-type, because of the way it is thought ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (2007)

by Robert W. Kolb

Ethical absolutism is the belief that all individuals are held to a particular moral standard. This view establishes that certain actions are always correct while others are always wrong. No matter where in the world absolutists may be, they are ...

Google previewNew Dictionary of Christian Ethics & Pastoral Theology (2013)

by David J. Atkinson, David F. Field, Arthur F. Holmes, Oliver O'Donovan

Unqualified absolutism: 'Lying is always wrong.' This position was embraced by Augustine* (in Against Lying) and Immanuel Kant* (in On a Supposed Right to Tell Liesfrom Benevolent Motives). They believed that there are many absolute ...

Google previewThe Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy (2008)

by Nicholas Bunnin, Jiyuan Yu

Cooper, The Diversity ofMoral Thinking moral absolutism Ethics The view that there are certain objective moral principles which are eternally and universally true, no matter what consequences they bring about. These principles can never ...

Google previewThe Shorter Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2005)

by Edward Craig

SPRIGGE ABSOLUTISM The term 'absolutism' describes a form of government in which the authority of the ruler is subject to no theoretical or legal constraints. In the language of Roman law - which played a ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Politics (2015)

by David Professor Robertson

Absolutism Candidates for electoral office have increasingly come under pressure to take a public stand on abortion from pressure groups on either side, and some state governments have continued to try to exceed the Roe v. Wade limits on ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Politics (2004)

by David Robertson

Absolutism Candidates for electoral office have increasingly come under pressure to take a public stand on abortion from pressure groups on either side, and some state governments have continued to try to exceed the Roe v. Wade limits on ...

Google previewDictionary of Atheism, Skepticism, and Humanism

by Bill Cooke

ABSOLUTISM. The belief that all things have one, and only one, answer—usually one's own. Absolutism works from the notion of an absolute, which is not a coherent idea. The American philosopher John Ryder defines an absolute as that ...

Google previewThe Routledge Encyclopedia of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2016)

by A. Mehdi Riazi

Absolutism qualitative study achieved through an inductive data-driven approach but in light of relevant theories can then be used in a deductive theory–driven, larger-scale study. The hypothetical or theoretical constructs developed from the ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Enlightenment (2005)

by Harvey Chisick

Enlightened Absolutism: Reform and Reformers in Later Eighteenth-Century Europe (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1990) ——, “Whatever Happened to the Enlightened ...

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Video shows what absolutism means. Doctrine of preordination; doctrine of absolute decrees; doctrine that God acts in an absolute manner.. The principles or ...

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Quotes about Absolutism

All parties without exception, when they seek for power, are varieties of absolutism. (Pierre-Joseph Proudhon)
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The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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