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 confusedimperative imperial imperious
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British Dictionary definitions for imperious

imperious

/ (ɪmˈpɪərɪəs) /

adjective

domineering; arrogant; overbearing
rare urgent; imperative
Derived Formsimperiously, adverbimperiousness, noun

Word Origin for imperious

C16: from Latin imperiōsus from imperium command, power
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Word Origin and History for imperious

imperious


adj.

1540s, from Latin imperiosus "commanding, mighty, powerful," from imperium "empire, command" (see empire). Related: Imperiously.

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