- command; supreme power.
- area of dominion; sphere of control or monopoly; empire.
- a nation having or exerting supreme power; superpower.
- Law. the right to command the force of the state in order to enforce the law.
Origin of imperium
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Examples from the Web for imperium
Boehner has no sense of imperium, and no apparent ability to threaten or intimidate rank-and-file members into falling in line.Fiscal Cliff Vote Fails Due to Republican Theology on Taxes
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And Pandit never ruled with the imperium that used to come with this office.Citi CEO Vikram Pandit Unexpectedly Quits—Let the Conspiracy Theories Begin
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Several other circumstances tended to strengthen the imperium of the church.Roman Catholicism in Spain
Probably he thinks of nothing apart from his mine; of his 'Imperium in Imperio.'Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
Walk down to the Imperium with me, Harry, and have a bit of lunch.
That same afternoon he went over to the Imperium to vote at the election of members.
There was to be no imperium in imperio, but "one body politic," with one Supreme Head.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
- (in ancient Rome) the supreme power, held esp by consuls and emperors, to command and administer in military, judicial, and civil affairs
- the right to command; supreme power
- a less common word for empire
C17: from Latin: command, empire, from imperāre to command; see emperor
Word Origin and History for imperium
1650s, from Latin imperium "command, supreme authority, power" (see empire).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper