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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-suh-loo-tiz-uh m]
    • /ˈæb sə luˌtɪz əm/
    • /æb.sə.ˈluː.təst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-suh-loo-tiz-uh m]
    • /ˈæb sə luˌtɪz əm/

Definitions of absolutist word

  • noun absolutist the principle or the exercise of complete and unrestricted power in government. 1
  • noun absolutist any theory holding that values, principles, etc., are absolute and not relative, dependent, or changeable. 1
  • noun absolutist One who is in favor of an absolute or autocratic government. (First attested in the mid 19th century.). 1
  • noun absolutist sb who believes in absolutes 1
  • adjective absolutist uncompromising, allowing no exceptions 1
  • noun absolutist (metaphysics) One who believes that it is possible to realize a cognition or concept of the Absolute. 0

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Origin of absolutist

First appearance:

before 1745
One of the 47% newest English words
First recorded in 1745-55

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Parts of speech for Absolutist


absolutist popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for absolutist

adj absolutist

  • full — completely filled; containing all that can be held; filled to utmost capacity: a full cup.
  • dictatorial — Dictatorial means controlled or used by a dictator.
  • arbitrary — If you describe an action, rule, or decision as arbitrary, you think that it is not based on any principle, plan, or system. It often seems unfair because of this.
  • authoritarian — If you describe a person or an organization as authoritarian, you are critical of them controlling everything rather than letting people decide things for themselves.
  • totalitarian — of or relating to a centralized government that does not tolerate parties of differing opinion and that exercises dictatorial control over many aspects of life.

noun absolutist

  • autocrat — An autocrat is a person in authority who has complete power.
  • disciplinarian — a person who enforces or advocates discipline: The teacher was a formidable disciplinarian.
  • dictator — A dictator is a ruler who has complete power in a country, especially power which was obtained by force and is used unfairly or cruelly.
  • tyrant — a sovereign or other ruler who uses power oppressively or unjustly.
  • despot — A despot is a ruler or other person who has a lot of power and who uses it unfairly or cruelly.

adjective absolutist

  • absolute — Absolute means total and complete.

Antonyms for absolutist

adj absolutist

  • democratic — A democratic country, government, or political system is governed by representatives who are elected by the people.
  • accountable — If you are accountable to someone for something that you do, you are responsible for it and must be prepared to justify your actions to that person.
  • restricted — confined; limited.
  • tractable — easily managed or controlled; docile; yielding: a tractable child; a tractable disposition.
  • complaisant — If you are complaisant, you are willing to accept what other people are doing without complaining.

noun absolutist

  • follower — a person or thing that follows.
  • worker — a person or thing that works.
  • democrat — A Democrat is a member or supporter of a particular political party which has the word 'democrat' or 'democratic' in its title, for example the Democratic Party in the United States.

Top questions with absolutist

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