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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Such imperiousness could also damage the firm's ability to generate money.
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