[n] the doctrine of an absolute being
[n] the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government
[n] a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
[n] dominance through threat of punishment and violence
1. The state of being absolute; the system or doctrine of the absolute; the principles or practice of absolute or arbitrary government; despotism. The element of absolutism and prelacy was controlling. --Palfrey.
2. (Theol.) Doctrine of absolute decrees. --Ash.