Origin of imposing
Synonyms for imposing
verb (used with object), im·posed, im·pos·ing.
verb (used without object), im·posed, im·pos·ing.
- to thrust oneself offensively upon others; intrude.
- to take unfair advantage of; misuse (influence, friendship, etc.).
- to defraud; cheat; deceive: A study recently showed the shocking number of confidence men that impose on the public.
Origin of impose
Synonyms for impose
Related Words for imposingnoble, grandiose, stately, striking, commanding, magnificent, imperial, monumental, massive, grand, towering, ominous, overwhelming, exciting, moving, dignified, stirring, august, big, effective
Examples from the Web for imposing
Contemporary Examples of imposing
Submission is set in a France seven years from now that is dominated by a Muslim president intent on imposing Islamic law.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
Pyongyang has given the Obama administration no choice but to retaliate now by imposing sanctions or even an embargo.U.S. Should Make North Korea Pay for Sony Hack
Gordon G. Chang
December 18, 2014
The floor-to-ceiling Texas flag, the single most imposing feature of the room, began to rise.In Texas, Cruz, Perry Crow Over GOP Rout
November 5, 2014
What he fails to realize is that he is imposing the same urban title on his family in retaliation.‘black-ish’ Keeps It Real about the Invisible Black Man
September 24, 2014
I walked my dog in a way that made clear to him that he was imposing.Aubrey Plaza’s Great Disconnect
August 15, 2014
Historical Examples of imposing
He did not believe in imposing an uncompensated burden upon any man.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Mallyan's Spout is the most imposing, having a drop of about 76 feet.Yorkshire Painted And Described
They could not help smiling at Fritz as he frisked about in his imposing rose-collar.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
Never had Christian war assumed a more splendid or imposing aspect.Leila, Complete
It is insane, admirable, imposing; and it makes one feel proud.My Double Life
verb (usually foll by on or upon)
Word Origin for impose
"that impresses by appearance or manner," 1786, from present participle of impose (v.). Related: Imposingly.
late 14c., "to lay (a crime, etc.) to the account of," from Old French imposer "put, place; impute, charge, accuse" (c.1300), from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + poser "put, place" (see pose (v.1)). Sense of "to lay on as a burden" first recorded 1580s. Related: Imposed; imposing.