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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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  • Zoe practices furiously, driven by her imperiously demanding teacher.
  • In one, a forgotten aristocrat stares out imperiously.
  • We see them all the time, flying overhead, or sitting imperiously in trees or on top of poles.
  • imperiously, abruptly, he held out the hand that wore the ring.
British Dictionary definitions for imperiously

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 imperiously

imperious

adj.

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

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