imperious

[ im-peer-ee-uhs ]
/ ɪmˈpɪər i əs /

adjective

domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing: an imperious manner; an imperious person.
urgent; imperative: imperious need.

Origin of imperious

1535–45; < Latin imperiōsus commanding, tyrannical, equivalent to imperi(um) imperium + -ōsus -ous

Related forms

Can be confused

imperative imperial imperious
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British Dictionary definitions for imperious

imperious

/ (ɪmˈpɪərɪəs) /

adjective

domineering; arrogant; overbearing
rare urgent; imperative

Derived Forms

imperiously, adverbimperiousness, noun

Word Origin for imperious

C16: from Latin imperiōsus from imperium command, power
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