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[im-poh-zing] /ɪmˈpoʊ zɪŋ/
very impressive because of great size, stately appearance, dignity, elegance, etc.:
Notre Dame, Rheims, and other imposing cathedrals of France.
Origin of imposing
First recorded in 1645-55; impose + -ing2
Related forms
imposingly, adverb
imposingness, noun
dignified, majestic, lofty, grand, august. Unabridged
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  • Evidently this imposingly named product is practically a lanolin ointment containing oil of wintergreen and menthol.

  • It is one of the most imposingly militant of all the castles of north Italy.

  • On the other side of the fire, imposingly calm and large, sat Mr. Stonor, jammed tight into a capacious Windsor armchair.

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  • The room in which they were breakfasting was imposingly furnished.

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  • Besides this, the apartments for the monks are imposingly and elegantly decorated, beyond the power of words to express.

  • The warrant was stamped, and imposingly written upon parchment.

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  • She was large, dark, and in spite of her made-over gowns, imposingly handsome.

  • This chilly gentleman rose, imposingly from behind a desk of snow.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • So, feeling terrified enough actually to offer up a prayer, she took the imposingly addressed letter into the library.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • He wore a suit of light-gray check, and was as imposingly handsome as usual.

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British Dictionary definitions for imposingly


grand or impressive: an imposing building
Derived Forms
imposingly, adverb
imposingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for imposingly



"that impresses by appearance or manner," 1786, from present participle of impose (v.). Related: Imposingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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