Definition of Absolute Monarchy
(noun) A monarchical government in which a ruler has unrestricted power over the State and its people due to lack of constitutional or legal restraints.
Example of Absolute Monarchy
Absolute Monarchy Pronunciation
Syllabification: ab·so·lute mon·ar·chy
- American English – /Ab-suh-loot mAHn-uhr-kee/
- British English – /Ab-suh-loot mOn-uh-kee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈæbsəˌlut ˈmɑnɑrki/
- British English – /ˈæbsəluːt ˈmɒnəki/
- Plural: absolute monarchies
- The authority of an absolute monarch is typically hierarchical, with power transferred through hereditary typically through the eldest son (primogeniture).
- Absolute monarchies were once the norm in Europe. However, most contemporary monarchies are constitutional monarchies with limited or only ceremonial powers (Wright 2006).
- There is considerable debate about which rulers, both contemporary and historic, are absolute monarchs due to the impact of religious mandates and bureaucracy.
- A type of authoritarianism, autocracy, and government.
- An absolute monarchy is contrasted with a constitutional monarchy.
- A (noun) monarch rules an absolute monarchy with (adjective) monarchal or (adjective) monarchic or (adjective) monarchical authority.
- Word origin of “absolute” and “monarchy” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- constitutional monarchy
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Cite the Definition of Absolute Monarchy
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “absolute monarchy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/absolute-monarchy/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
absolute monarchy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/absolute-monarchy/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “absolute monarchy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/absolute-monarchy/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“absolute monarchy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/absolute-monarchy/>.