- very impressive because of great size, stately appearance, dignity, elegance, etc.: Notre Dame, Rheims, and other imposing cathedrals of France.
Origin of imposing
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dignified, majestic, lofty, grand, august.
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Examples from the Web for imposingly
It is one of the most imposingly militant of all the castles of north Italy.Italian Highways and Byways from a Motor Car
The room in which they were breakfasting was imposingly furnished.The Last Entry
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The warrant was stamped, and imposingly written upon parchment.Self-control
This chilly gentleman rose, imposingly from behind a desk of snow.A Singular Life
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He wore a suit of light-gray check, and was as imposingly handsome as usual.The High Heart
- grand or impressivean imposing building
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Word Origin and History for imposingly
"that impresses by appearance or manner," 1786, from present participle of impose (v.). Related: Imposingly.
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