(Ab"sin"thate) n. (Chem.) A combination of absinthic acid with a base or positive radical.
(Ab*sin"thi*al) a. Of or pertaining to wormwood; absinthian.
(Ab*sin"thi*an) n. Of the nature of wormwood. "Absinthian bitterness." T. Randolph.
(Ab"sin"thi*ate) v. t. [From L. absinthium: cf. L. absinthiatus, a.] To impregnate with wormwood.
(Ab*sin"thi*a`ted) a. Impregnated with wormwood; as, absinthiated wine.
(Ab*sin"thic) a. (Chem.) Relating to the common wormwood or to an acid obtained from it.
(Ab*sin"thin) n. (Chem.) The bitter principle of wormwood Watts.
(Ab"sin*thism) n. The condition of being poisoned by the excessive use of absinth.
(Ab*sin"thi*um) n. [L., from Gr. .] (Bot.) The common wormwood an intensely bitter plant,
used as a tonic and for making the oil of wormwood.
(Ab"sis) n. See Apsis.
(Ab*sist") v. i. [L. absistere, p. pr. absistens; ab + sistere to stand, causal of stare.] To
stand apart from; top leave off; to desist. [Obs.] Raleigh.
(Ab*sist"ence) n. A standing aloof. [Obs.]
(Ab"so*lute) a. [L. absolutus, p. p. of absolvere: cf. F. absolu. See Absolve.]
1. Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority,
monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command; absolute power; an absolute monarch.
2. Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless; as, absolute perfection; absolute beauty.
So absolute she seems,
And in herself complete.
3. Viewed apart from modifying influences or without comparison with other objects; actual; real; opposed
to relative and comparative; as, absolute motion; absolute time or space.
Absolute rights and duties are such as pertain to man in a state of nature as contradistinguished from
relative rights and duties, or such as pertain to him in his social relations.
4. Loosed from, or unconnected by, dependence on any other being; self-existent; self-sufficing.
In this sense God is called the Absolute by the Theist. The term is also applied by the Pantheist to the
universe, or the total of all existence, as only capable of relations in its parts to each other and to the
whole, and as dependent for its existence and its phenomena on its mutually depending forces and their
5. Capable of being thought or conceived by itself alone; unconditioned; non-relative.
It is in dispute among philosopher whether the term, in this sense, is not applied to a mere logical fiction
or abstraction, or whether the absolute, as thus defined, can be known, as a reality, by the human intellect.
To Cusa we can indeed articulately trace, word and thing, the recent philosophy of the absolute.