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Imperia

[eem-pe-ryah]
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noun
  1. a seaport in NW Italy.

imperium

[im-peer-ee-uh m]
noun, plural im·pe·ri·a [im-peer-ee-uh] /ɪmˈpɪər i ə/, im·pe·ri·ums.
  1. command; supreme power.
  2. area of dominion; sphere of control or monopoly; empire.
  3. a nation having or exerting supreme power; superpower.
  4. Law. the right to command the force of the state in order to enforce the law.

Origin of imperium

1645–55; < Latin: supreme administrative power, authority, empire, equivalent to imper(āre) to rule (see imperative) + -ium -ium
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Examples from the Web for imperia

Historical Examples

  • No one but Imperia could sing like that, and when Raphael exclaimed.

    Romance of Roman Villas

    Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney

  • "Do not torment yourself, Imperia," he said after a moment, as he left us.

    Romance of Roman Villas

    Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney

  • But since she had known Imperia she had comprehended how such a miracle might be.

    Romance of Roman Villas

    Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney

  • The lady Imperia looked after her with good-natured contempt.

    Hildegarde's Harvest

    Laura E. Richards

  • And I have sold three dozen of everything—was that a real offer, Imperia?

    Hildegarde's Harvest

    Laura E. Richards


British Dictionary definitions for imperia

imperia

noun
  1. the plural of imperium

imperium

noun plural -ria (-rɪə)
  1. (in ancient Rome) the supreme power, held esp by consuls and emperors, to command and administer in military, judicial, and civil affairs
  2. the right to command; supreme power
  3. a less common word for empire

Word Origin

C17: from Latin: command, empire, from imperāre to command; see emperor
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Word Origin and History for imperia

imperium

n.

1650s, from Latin imperium "command, supreme authority, power" (see empire).

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