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Definition of 'absolutism'


  1. dominance through threat of punishment and violence
       Synonyms: tyranny despotism
  2. a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
       Synonyms: dictatorship authoritarianism Caesarism despotism monocracy one-man rule shogunate Stalinism totalitarianism tyranny
  3. the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government
       Synonyms: totalitarianism totalism
  4. the doctrine of an absolute being

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