im·pe·ri·ous | \im-ˈpir-ē-əs \

Definition of imperious 

1a : 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

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Other Words from imperious

imperiously adverb
imperiousness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for imperious

masterful, domineering, imperious, peremptory, imperative mean tending to impose one's will on others. masterful implies a strong personality and ability to act authoritatively. her masterful personality soon dominated the movement domineering suggests an overbearing or arbitrary manner and an obstinate determination to enforce one's will. children controlled by domineering parents imperious implies a commanding nature or manner and often suggests arrogant assurance. an imperious executive used to getting his own way peremptory implies an abrupt dictatorial manner coupled with an unwillingness to brook disobedience or dissent. given a peremptory dismissal imperative implies peremptoriness arising more from the urgency of the situation than from an inherent will to dominate. an imperative appeal for assistance

Examples of imperious in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

In their quarter-final encounter against Brazil, Belgium were imperious., "World Cup Preview: France vs Belgium - Recent Form, Classic Encounter, Predictions & More," 9 July 2018 Pose brings this to life as Blanca Evangelista (MJ Rodriguez) splits off from her domineering and imperious mother, Elektra Abundance (Dominique Jackson), to form her own house. Diana Tourjée, Time, "Pose Shines a Revolutionary Spotlight on Trans Lives," 31 May 2018 Despite his side losing out on the league title to their fierce rivals Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo has been at his usual imperious best for Real Madrid this season., "8 of the Most Unstoppable Players Across Europe's Elite Leagues This Season," 21 June 2018 With caked-on makeup and drawn-on eyebrows, Gaby cut an imperious figure. Cindy Carcamo,, "For many waiting in Tijuana, a mysterious notebook is the key to seeking asylum," 5 July 2018 France, spearheaded by dynamic youngster Kylian Mbappe, has surged its way to this point, but faces its toughest challenge in a Uruguay team that has Luis Suarez in imperious form. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "The chances a long-suffering nation wins the World Cup is greater than normal," 4 July 2018 Giorgio Chiellini was at his imperious best for Juventus in their 2-1 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday., "Remarkable Stats Show How Good Giorgio Chiellini's Defensive Display Against Spurs Truly Was," 8 Mar. 2018 Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti was imperious alongside Real Madrid's Raphael Varane. Peter Stebbings,, "France eliminate Peru from World Cup, advance to Round of 16," 21 June 2018 The five-time world champion was imperious, passing pole-sitter Rossi's Yamaha on the first corner and never looking back. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, "Jorge Lorenzo ends Ducati drought with bittersweet win," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of imperious

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for imperious

borrowed from Latin imperiōsus "exercising authority, domineering," from imperium "authority over family members and slaves exercised by the head of a household, supreme administrative authority, dominion" + -ōsus -ous — more at empire

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English Language Learners Definition of imperious

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

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to reject or criticize sharply

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