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

Synonyms for imposing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for imposingly

Historical Examples of imposingly

  • It is one of the most imposingly militant of all the castles of north Italy.

  • The room in which they were breakfasting was imposingly furnished.

    The Last Entry

    William Clark Russell

  • The warrant was stamped, and imposingly written upon parchment.


    Mary Brunton

  • This chilly gentleman rose, imposingly from behind a desk of snow.

    A Singular Life

    Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

  • He wore a suit of light-gray check, and was as imposingly handsome as usual.

    The High Heart

    Basil King

British Dictionary definitions for imposingly



grand or impressivean imposing building
Derived Formsimposingly, adverbimposingness, noun
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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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