Definition of absolutize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈabsəlo͞oˌtīz/


[with object] chiefly Philosophy & Theology
Make (or treat as) absolute.
Example sentences
  • In this sense, the Holy Spirit brings God's judgment upon the tendency to absolutize any human institution, even the most sacred.
  • Our responsibility as the thinking-doubting faithful is to live graciously out of the Christian tradition without absolutizing it.
  • Perhaps we've idolized security, absolutizing it above other values.



Pronunciation: /ˌabsəˌlo͞otiˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • It seems that this absolutization leads to subjectivism.
  • ‘Every producer,’ she writes, ‘is condemned by the absolutization of innovation to a lifetime of peddling the same old trick’; here, for ‘innovation,’ read ‘branding’ or ‘market niche.’
  • Again, this is not meant as an argument against rationality, only the absolutisation of it.

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Syllabification: ab·so·lut·ize

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