noun Date: 1691 the philosophical system of Thomas Hobbes; especially the Hobbesian theory that people have a fundamental right to self-preservation and to pursue selfish aims but will relinquish these rights to an absolute monarch in the interest of common safety and happiness • Hobbist noun or adjective

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  • Hobbism — Hob bism, n. The philosophical system of Thomas Hobbes, an English materialist (1588 1679); esp., his political theory that the most perfect form of civil government is an absolute monarchy with despotic control over everything relating to law,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hobbism — [häb′iz΄əm] n. the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, who held that a strong government, esp. an absolute monarchy, is needed to control clashing individual interests …   English World dictionary

  • Hobbism — Hobbist, n. Hobbistical, adj. /hob iz euhm/, n. the doctrines of, or those attributed to, Hobbes, esp. the doctrine of absolute submission to a royal sovereign in order to avoid the anarchic disorder resulting from the uncontrolled competition of …   Universalium

  • hobbism — n. theory of government created by Thomas Hobbes …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hobbism — hob·bism …   English syllables

  • Hobbism — Hob•bism [[t]ˈhɒb ɪz əm[/t]] n. pho the doctrines of Hobbes, esp. the doctrine of submission to a royal sovereign to avoid disorder resulting from conflicting individual interests • Etymology: 1675–85; Hobb (es) + ism Hob′bist, n. adj …   From formal English to slang

  • hobbism — ˈhäˌbizəm noun ( s) Usage: usually capitalized : the philosophical system of Hobbes; especially : Hobbes political theory maintaining that man has a natural right to self preservation and happiness and that the clashing interests and desires of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hobbesian — adjective Date: 1776 of or relating to the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes or Hobbism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Hobbist — noun or adjective see Hobbism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Thomas Hobbes — Infobox Philosopher region = Western Philosophers era = 17th century philosophy (Modern Philosophy) color = #B0C4DE| image caption = Thomas Hobbes| name = Thomas Hobbes birth = Birth date|1588|4|5|df=yes Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England death =… …   Wikipedia

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