imposing

[ im-poh-zing ]
/ ɪmˈpoʊ zɪŋ /

adjective

very impressive because of great size, stately appearance, dignity, elegance, etc.: Notre Dame, Rheims, and other imposing cathedrals of France.

Origin of imposing

First recorded in 1645–55; impose + -ing2
Related formsim·pos·ing·ly, adverbim·pos·ing·ness, noun
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imposing

/ (ɪmˈpəʊzɪŋ) /

adjective

grand or impressivean imposing building
Derived Formsimposingly, adverbimposingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for imposingly

imposing


adj.

"that impresses by appearance or manner," 1786, from present participle of impose (v.). Related: Imposingly.

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