imperious

[im-peer-ee-uhs]
adjective
1.
domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing: an imperious manner; an imperious person.
2.
urgent; imperative: imperious need.

Origin:
1535–45; < Latin imperiōsus commanding, tyrannical, equivalent to imperi(um) imperium + -ōsus -ous

imperiously, adverb
imperiousness, noun
nonimperious, adjective
nonimperiously, adverb
nonimperiousness, noun
unimperious, adjective
unimperiously, adverb

imperative, imperial, imperious.


1. tyrannical, despotic, arrogant. 2. necessary.


1. submissive. 2. unnecessary.
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imperious (ɪmˈpɪərɪəs)
 
adj
1.  domineering; arrogant; overbearing
2.  rare urgent; imperative
 
[C16: from Latin imperiōsus from imperium command, power]
 
im'periously
 
adv
 
im'periousness
 
n

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imperious
1540s, from L. imperiosus "commanding, mighty, powerful," from imperium "empire, command" (see empire).
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Example sentences
One element of that style was his imperious sense of command.
He would fain beg off from the acquisition, and shake the touch of the tangible
  from his imperious wings.
The emperor at length resolved no longer to brook his imperious behaviour, and
  bear with his insolence.
As she rose up the ranks, she had become increasingly imperious.
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