adjective im·pe·ri·ous \im-ˈpir-ē-əs\

: having or showing the proud and unpleasant attitude of someone who gives orders and expects other people to obey them

Full Definition of IMPERIOUS

a :  befitting or characteristic of one of eminent rank or attainments :  commanding, dominant <an imperious manner>
b :  marked by arrogant assurance :  domineering
:  intensely compelling :  urgent <the imperious problems of the new age — J. F. Kennedy>
im·pe·ri·ous·ly adverb
im·pe·ri·ous·ness noun

Examples of IMPERIOUS

  1. <an imperious little boy who liked to tell the other scouts what to do>
  2. <an imperious movie star who thinks she's some sort of goddess>


Latin imperiosus, from imperium
First Known Use: 1540


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