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imperious

[im-peer-ee-uh s] /ɪmˈpɪər i əs/
adjective
1.
domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing:
an imperious manner; an imperious person.
2.
urgent; imperative:
imperious need.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin imperiōsus commanding, tyrannical, equivalent to imperi(um) imperium + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
imperiously, adverb
imperiousness, noun
nonimperious, adjective
nonimperiously, adverb
nonimperiousness, noun
unimperious, adjective
unimperiously, adverb
Can be confused
imperative, imperial, imperious.
Synonyms
1. tyrannical, despotic, arrogant. 2. necessary.
Antonyms
1. submissive. 2. unnecessary.
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Examples for imperious
  • 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.
  • Many administrators routinely send imperious, ineffective memoranda without realizing how their messages sound.
  • No increase of imperious coverage with the expansion there is actually a decrease.
British Dictionary definitions for imperious

imperious

/ɪmˈpɪərɪəs/
adjective
1.
domineering; arrogant; overbearing
2.
(rare) urgent; imperative
Derived Forms
imperiously, adverb
imperiousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin imperiōsus from imperium command, power
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Word Origin and History for imperious
adj.

1540s, from Latin imperiosus "commanding, mighty, powerful," from imperium "empire, command" (see empire). Related: Imperiously.

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