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power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely

The more powerful one is, the more unscrupulous one becomes. A: "I never should have appointed him head of the committee." B: "You need to call him in for a meeting before he thinks that he can do whatever he wants. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

absolute power corrupts absolutely

One who holds unchecked power or authority is likely to become corrupt or abuse one's position. This phrase is usually attributed to 19th-century historian Lord Acton. He really started abusing the authority of his office when he was promoted to CEO. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

absolutely not

A strong declaration of refusal or denial. A: "Hey, can you loan me some money?" B: "Absolutely not! You still haven't paid back the money you borrowed from me last time."
See also: absolutely, not

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Prov. One who has total authority is very likely to abuse his position. (This phrase was used by the British historian Lord Acton: "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.") We thought that Johnson would be a responsible mayor, but within a year of taking office, he was as bad as all the rest. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Absolutely not!

a strong denial or refusal. (Compare this with Definitely not!) Bob: Can I please have the car again tonight? Father: Absolutely not! You can't have the car every night!
See also: absolutely
References in classic literature ?
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating-- people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
The truth is, that the great principles of the Constitution proposed by the convention may be considered less as absolutely new, than as the expansion of principles which are found in the articles of Confederation.
Was this conviction shaken by Phileas Fogg's return, or did he still regard him as an exceedingly shrewd rascal, who, his journey round the world completed, would think himself absolutely safe in England?
Why, it is absolutely no matter whether I am going away or not going away.
But it is only the material result that it gains, and the man who is poor is in himself absolutely of no importance.
She said she was not absolutely certain of the wisdom of the step she was about to take, because I was so young, and parents might possibly object to a professor like me for their daughters: "But it is often well to act on one's own judgment," said she, "and to lead parents, rather than be led by them.
Come to me immediately, and explain what is at present absolutely incomprehensible.
Let these then be considered as the three distinct parts of a family: some think that the providing what is necessary for the family is something different from the government of it, others that this is the greatest part of it; it shall be considered separately; but we will first speak of a master and a slave, that we may both understand the nature of those things which are absolutely necessary, and also try if we can learn anything better on this subject than what is already known.
Of course much was said that could not be determined absolutely.
It can make things no worse, and it is absolutely necessary to prepare him if he is so ill.
I have always had a great love for the absolutely unreal, the purely fanciful in all the arts, as well as of the absolutely real; I like the one on a far lower plane than the other, but it delights me, as a pantomime at a theatre does, or a comic opera, which has its being wholly outside the realm of the probabilities.
It's an awkward time just now to command an absolutely clear line, but if we can once get you past Crewe you'll be all right.
Sir Meyville, who was in a state of great excitement, took absolutely no notice of the young man's greeting.
I apologize a second time for alluding to money matters before it was absolutely necessary.
On you I can absolutely rely; and, after my experience of her, I ought to feel sure of Miss Jethro.