1. dominance through threat of punishment and violence

Similar word(s): despotism, tyranny

Definition categories: state, ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, control, dominance

2. a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)

Similar word(s): authoritarianism, caesarism, despotism, dictatorship, monocracy, shogunate, stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny

Definition categories: group, autarchy, autocracy

3. the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government

Similar word(s): totalism, totalitarianism

Definition categories: thought, ideology

4. the doctrine of an absolute being

Definition categories: thought, doctrine, ism, philosophy