imperious


im·pe·ri·ous

adjective \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

1
a :  befitting or characteristic of one of eminent rank or attainments :  commanding, dominant <an imperious manner>
b :  marked by arrogant assurance :  domineering
2
:  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>

Origin of IMPERIOUS

Latin imperiosus, from imperium
First Known Use: 1540

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: imperishable
Previous Word in the Dictionary: imperil
All Words Near: imperious

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up imperious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More