- a seaport in NW Italy.
- command; supreme power.
- area of dominion; sphere of control or monopoly; empire.
- a nation having or exerting supreme power; superpower.
- Law. the right to command the force of the state in order to enforce the law.
Origin of imperium
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Examples from the Web for imperia
No one but Imperia could sing like that, and when Raphael exclaimed.
"Do not torment yourself, Imperia," he said after a moment, as he left us.
But since she had known Imperia she had comprehended how such a miracle might be.
The lady Imperia looked after her with good-natured contempt.
And I have sold three dozen of everything—was that a real offer, Imperia?
- the plural of imperium
- (in ancient Rome) the supreme power, held esp by consuls and emperors, to command and administer in military, judicial, and civil affairs
- the right to command; supreme power
- a less common word for empire
C17: from Latin: command, empire, from imperāre to command; see emperor
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Word Origin and History for imperia
1650s, from Latin imperium "command, supreme authority, power" (see empire).
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