absolutism

Absolutism is the principle of complete and unrestricted government power, usually in the hands of one person, a dictator or despot.

This word sounds big, but it's really just an extension of the word absolute. If you have absolute power, you control everything. The problem with this is that absolutism can survive only through dominance, threat of punishment, and violence — in other words, tyranny. And, as the British historian Lord Acton noted in 1887, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Definitions of absolutism
  1. noun
    a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
    synonyms: Caesarism, Stalinism, authoritarianism, despotism, dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, totalitarianism, tyranny
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    types:
    police state
    a country that maintains repressive control over the people by means of police (especially secret police)
    type of:
    autarchy, autocracy
    a political system governed by a single individual
  2. noun
    the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government
    synonyms: totalism, totalitarianism
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    ideology, political orientation, political theory
    an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
  3. noun
    dominance through threat of punishment and violence
    synonyms: despotism, tyranny
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    type of:
    ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, control, dominance
    the state that exists when one person or group has power over another
  4. noun
    the doctrine of an absolute being
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    type of:
    doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought
    a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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