1. 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): absolutism, authoritarianism, caesarism, despotism, dictatorship, monocracy, shogunate, stalinism, totalitarianism

Definition categories: group, autarchy, autocracy

2. dominance through threat of punishment and violence

Similar word(s): absolutism, despotism

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