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Absolute

Ab′solute

A Captain Absolute, a bold, despotic man, determined to have his own way. The character is in Sheridan's play called The Rivals.

Sir Anthony Absolute

A warm-hearted, testy, overbearing country squire, in the same play. William Dowton (1764–1851) was nick-named “Sir Anthony Absolute.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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