- domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing: an imperious manner; an imperious person.
- urgent; imperative: imperious need.
Origin of imperious
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1. tyrannical, despotic, arrogant. 2. necessary.
1. submissive. 2. unnecessary.
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Examples from the Web for imperiously
She looked at him imperiously and considered her words before speaking.The Education of Eric Lane
I mentally ran over the list of demands which were pressing me the most imperiously.The Golden Age
Meno imperiously insists that he must still have a definition of colour.Meno
But I waved them imperiously back, and mounted the stairs alone.The Shame of Motley
"Which necessity thrusts upon you," she broke in imperiously.St. Martin's Summer
- domineering; arrogant; overbearing
- rare urgent; imperative
C16: from Latin imperiōsus from imperium command, power
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Word Origin and History for imperiously
1540s, from Latin imperiosus "commanding, mighty, powerful," from imperium "empire, command" (see empire). Related: Imperiously.
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