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imperious

[ im-peer-ee-uhs ]
/ ɪmˈpɪər i əs /
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adjective
domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing: an imperious manner;an imperious person.
urgent; imperative: imperious need.
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Origin of imperious

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

OTHER WORDS FROM imperious

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH imperious

imperative, imperial, imperious
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British Dictionary definitions for imperious

imperious
/ (ɪmˈpɪərɪəs) /

adjective
domineering; arrogant; overbearing
rare urgent; imperative

Derived forms of imperious

imperiously, adverbimperiousness, noun

Word Origin for imperious

C16: from Latin imperiōsus from imperium command, power
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