absolutism defined in 1939 yearabsolutism - Absolutism;
absolutism - Condition or principle of rule by a single individual uncontrolled by any other constitutional authority. In practice, the power of an absolute ruler is limited by what his people will endure without revolting. The Tyrants of ancient Greece, such as Polycrates of Samos and Periander of Corinth, and in modern times the Tsar of Russia before the revolution of 1917, are examples of absolute rulers. See Government; Sovereignty.
near absolutism in Knolik
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