Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To make absolute; change into an absolute.

Etymologies

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From absolute +‎ -ize

Examples

  • Similarly, Osama bin Laden chose to absolutize certain irrefutable impacts of American presence and react to them as though they were the entire truth and deserved to be dealt with accordingly.

    Eliot Daley: Can 9/11 Prompt A More Peaceful World?

  • Similarly, Osama bin Laden chose to absolutize certain irrefutable impacts of American presence and react to them as though they were the entire truth and deserved to be dealt with accordingly.

    Eliot Daley: Can 9/11 Prompt A More Peaceful World?

  • By elevating individual liberties so far above the common good -- without reference to justice -- those who absolutize these virtues unwittingly undermine democracy instead of shoring it up.

    Tim Suttle: The Irony Of The Tea Party

  • By elevating individual liberties so far above the common good -- without reference to justice -- those who absolutize these virtues unwittingly undermine democracy instead of shoring it up.

    Tim Suttle: The Irony Of The Tea Party

  • It is, as I have already suggested, a worldview that resolutely refuses to absolutize relative perspectives (a tendency that H. Richard Niebuhr identified as the single greatest source of evil).

    2008 Election

  • Meanwhile, in the guise of rejecting absolutes, the adherents of philosophical pragmatism absolutize partisan progressive goals and reconceive "moderation" as merely exercising patience and flexibility in the pursuit of progressive ends.

    The Thinker

  • Meanwhile, in the guise of rejecting absolutes, the adherents of philosophical pragmatism absolutize partisan progressive goals and reconceive "moderation" as merely exercising patience and flexibility in the pursuit of progressive ends.

    Who's afraid of give-and-take?

  • It is, as I have already suggested, a worldview that resolutely refuses to absolutize relative perspectives (a tendency that H. Richard Niebuhr identified as the single greatest source of evil).

    The Rev. Chuck Currie:

  • A tendency to absolutize statements out of context, while willfully ignoring the comprehensive meaning derived from a broad knowledge of the text.

    Kabir Helminski: What Is 'True Piety' According to the Qur'an?

  • A tendency to absolutize statements out of context, while willfully ignoring the comprehensive meaning derived from a broad knowledge of the text.

    Kabir Helminski: What Is 'True Piety' According to the Qur'an?

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