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1. government by an individual with unrestricted authority
2. the unrestricted authority of such an individual
3. a country, society, etc., ruled by an autocrat


rule by one person, especially arbitrary or absolute rule. Compare ABSOLUTISM.



a form of government involving the unlimited and unchecked sovereignty of one individual in a state. The despotic monarchies of the ancient East, the tyrannical governments in some ancient Greek states, the Roman and Byzantine empires, and absolute monarchies of recent times were autocracies. The notion of autocracy was also used to designate unlimited authority in any given sphere of state activity. In contemporary literature, the notion of autocracy also designates political regimes characterized by the supreme power of a “leader” (Führer, duce, caudillo) who is not controlled by representative organs.


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The standard history text used in every Soviet high school up until a few years ago had ten lines about Stalin--the man who was absolute ruler of the country for twenty-five years.
Bolkiah has been an absolute ruler since 1967 and amended the country's constitution to make himself infallible in 2006.
Eight thousand soldiers, 130 horses, plus chariots and cavalry formed a tribute worthy for an absolute ruler.
With the Saudi-led Sunni front now active in support for Shi'ite Arab communities opposed to Safawism and Khamenei's Wilayat ul-Faqih (WuF) concept, which means he represents God on Earth and thus acts as an absolute ruler in Iran, Najaf-based Grand Ayatullah Ali al-Sistani is heading a campaign against Shi'ite involvement in the Syrian war.
The same applies to the supreme leader, who, despite his title, is not an absolute ruler.
Morsi took advantage of the United States' praise for the role he played in mediating between Israel and the Hamas movement to reach a ceasefire, as well as of the support of "Arab Spring" leaders, Turks and Arabs, to set himself up as absolute ruler.
But it is similar to a coup which complements the one that took place following the extension of Ahmadinejad's presidential term that began in June 2009 and whose reverberations are still continuing until now to make the controversial president Iran's absolute ruler challenged only by some moderate conservatives.
For the Taj is almost impossible to unravel from its 'careers'--as Mr Tillotson dubs them--as a symbol of the exotic, of all things luxurious and expensive from jewellery to golf courses, of practically anything Indian from tea bags to hotel chains, and indeed of democratic India itself, despite having been built by an absolute ruler three centuries before the Indian boundaries of today existed.
Ralph (Ross Finbow) is a down-trodden nerd who, faced with a cruel world he can't control, invents magical game zones in which he is the absolute ruler.
Warren Jaffs, the leader of a controversial polygamist of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison for polygamy, though some believe that his fall from grace was due not to his belief in plurality of marriages but because he deemed himself an absolute ruler, a prophet, a seer and revelator who authorized marriages between children and grown men.
Pinochet died shortly before he was due to go on trial for ordering two killings during his 17 years as Chile's absolute ruler.