AskDefine | Define absolutist

Dictionary Definition

absolutist adj : pertaining to the principle of totalitarianism [syn: absolutistic] n : one who advocates absolutism

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English

Etymology

Derivative of absolute

Noun

  1. One who is in favor of an absolute or autocratic government.
  2. One who believes that it is possible to realize a cognition or concept of the absolute. - Sir. W. Hamilton

Adjective

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

Translations

of or pertaining to absolutism

Swedish

Noun

  1. person who completely abstains from alcohol; a teetotaller

See also

Extensive Definition

The term Absolutism may refer to:
  • Absolute idealism, an ontologically monistic philosophy attributed to G.W.F. Hegel. It is Hegel's account of how being is ultimately comprehensible as an all-inclusive whole.
  • Absolute monarchy, a form of government where the monarch has the power to rule their land freely, with no laws or legally-organized direct opposition in force
  • Absolute space, a theory holding that space exists absolutely, in contrast to relationalism, which holds that space exists only as relations between objects
  • Absolute truth, the contention that in a particular domain of thought, all statements in that domain are either absolutely true or absolutely false
  • Absolutism (European history), a historiographical term used to describe a form of monarchical power that is unrestrained by any other institutions, such as churches, legislatures, or social elites
  • Autocracy (also known as 'political absolutism'), a political theory which argues that one person should hold all power
  • Enlightened absolutism, a term used to describe the actions of absolute rulers who were influenced by the Enlightenment (eighteenth and early nineteenth century Europe)
  • Moral absolutism, the position that there are absolute standards against which moral questions can be judged, and that certain actions are good or evil, regardless of the context of the act
absolutist in Spanish: Absolutismo (Desambiguación)
absolutist in Hebrew: אבסולוטיזם
absolutist in Hungarian: Abszolutizmus
absolutist in Japanese: 絶対主義
absolutist in Polish: Absolutyzm
absolutist in Finnish: Absolutismi
absolutist in Swedish: Absolutism
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