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imperious

[im-peer-ee-uh s]
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adjective
  1. domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing: an imperious manner; an imperious person.
  2. urgent; imperative: imperious need.
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Origin of imperious

1535–45; < Latin imperiōsus commanding, tyrannical, equivalent to imperi(um) imperium + -ōsus -ous
Related formsim·pe·ri·ous·ly, adverbim·pe·ri·ous·ness, nounnon·im·pe·ri·ous, adjectivenon·im·pe·ri·ous·ly, adverbnon·im·pe·ri·ous·ness, nounun·im·pe·ri·ous, adjectiveun·im·pe·ri·ous·ly, adverb
Can be confusedimperative imperial imperious

Synonyms

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1. tyrannical, despotic, arrogant. 2. necessary.

Antonyms

1. submissive. 2. unnecessary.
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Examples from the Web for imperiously

Historical Examples

  • She looked at him imperiously and considered her words before speaking.

    The Education of Eric Lane

    Stephen McKenna

  • I mentally ran over the list of demands which were pressing me the most imperiously.

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame

  • Meno imperiously insists that he must still have a definition of colour.

    Meno

    Plato

  • But I waved them imperiously back, and mounted the stairs alone.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • "Which necessity thrusts upon you," she broke in imperiously.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for imperiously

imperious

adjective
  1. domineering; arrogant; overbearing
  2. rare urgent; imperative
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Derived Formsimperiously, adverbimperiousness, noun

Word Origin

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

imperious

adj.

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

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