Definition of absolutism in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈabsəluːtɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
The holding of absolute principles in political, philosophical, or theological matters.
Example sentences
  • Thus papal absolutism and Spanish absolutism, secular and ecclesiastical power, grew ever more complementary and interdependent.
  • Benedict's experience of Nazism led him to a fear not of absolutism but of totalitarianism, in which authority and truth are divorced.
  • It is not moral absolutism but theological relativism we would do well to explore if our real need is for a God with whom we can engage our lives.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ab¦so¦lut|ism

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.