- domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing: an imperious manner; an imperious person.
- urgent; imperative: imperious need.
Origin of imperious
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Antonyms for imperious
Related Words for imperiouslyvigorously, eagerly, hastily, frantically, earnestly, compellingly, egotistically, ostentatiously, proudly, arrogantly, boastfully, bombastically, conceitedly, disdainfully, gaudily, imperiously, insolently, overbearingly, snobbishly, spectacularly
Examples from the Web for imperiously
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for imperious
Word Origin and History for imperiously
1540s, from Latin imperiosus "commanding, mighty, powerful," from imperium "empire, command" (see empire). Related: Imperiously.