[ im-peer-ee-uhs ]
See synonyms for: imperiousimperiouslyimperiousness on

  1. domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing: an imperious manner;an imperious person.

  2. urgent; imperative: imperious need.

Origin of imperious

First recorded in 1535–45; from Latin imperiōsus “commanding, tyrannical,” equivalent to imperi(um) imperium + -ōsus -ous

Other words for imperious

Opposites for imperious

Other words from imperious

  • im·pe·ri·ous·ly, adverb
  • im·pe·ri·ous·ness, noun
  • non·im·pe·ri·ous, adjective
  • non·im·pe·ri·ous·ness, noun
  • un·im·pe·ri·ous, adjective

Words that may be confused with imperious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use imperious in a sentence

  • But celestial imperiousness, love, wrath, and fervour had proved to be somewhat thrown away on netherward Egdon.

    Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy
  • Dinah was a girl that wud ha' taken the imperiousness out av the Duchess av Clonmel in those days.

    Soldier Stories | Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for imperious


/ (ɪmˈpɪərɪəs) /

  1. domineering; arrogant; overbearing

  2. rare urgent; imperative

Origin of imperious

C16: from Latin imperiōsus from imperium command, power

Derived forms of imperious

  • imperiously, adverb
  • imperiousness, noun

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