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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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  • There was an imperiousness in the lawyer's tone which was almost irresistible.

    Cousin Henry

    Anthony Trollope

  • A life of indolence and luxury had bred a certain air of imperiousness in her.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild

  • And her eyes searched his with a certain boldness and imperiousness of gaze.

  • I may, perhaps, be producing an unfair impression of imperiousness and insolence.

  • By the imperiousness of her gesture and her uplifted head she swept them out before her.

    The Dust Flower

    Basil King


British Dictionary definitions for imperiousness

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 imperiousness

imperious

adj.

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

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