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absolute monarchy

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

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: ab·so·lute mon·ar·chy

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • 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/

Usage Notes

Additional Information

Related Terms


Wright, Edmund, ed. 2006. A Dictionary of World History. 2nd ed., s.v. “monarchy.” New York: Oxford University Press.

Works Consulted

Ferris, Kerry, and Jill Stein. 2010. The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology. 2nd ed. New York: Norton.

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

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Ravelli, Bruce, and Michelle Webber. 2016. Exploring Sociology: A Canadian Perspective. 3rd ed. Toronto: Pearson.

Turner, Bryan S., ed. 2006. The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

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 23, 2024 (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 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/absolute-monarchy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“absolute monarchy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/absolute-monarchy/>.