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

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

    The Last Entry William Clark Russell
  • The warrant was stamped, and imposingly written upon parchment.

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

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • He wore a suit of light-gray check, and was as imposingly handsome as usual.

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  • 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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  • They were imposingly magnificent, but they were only as gorgeous clouds that marked the sunset of Mississippi steamboat travel.

  • The southern slope of it is steep, but that to the north is imposingly precipitous.

  • What makes me the maddest is that my wife says I'm an imposingly poor whist player at that.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • In forty-seven years they have swept an imposingly large number of unfair laws from the statute books of America.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
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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