Definition of imperious
- the imperious problems of the new age
- —J. F. Kennedy
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
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First Known Use: 1540See Words from the same year
arrogant, bumptious, cavalier, chesty, haughty, high-and-mighty, high-handed, high-hat, highfalutin (also hifalutin), huffish, huffy, important, lofty, lordly, masterful, overweening, peremptory, pompous, presuming, presumptuous, pretentious, self-asserting, self-assertive, sniffy, supercilious, superior, uppish, uppity;
complacent, conceited, egocentric, egoistic (also egoistical), egotistic (or egotistical), narcissistic, prideful, proud, self-affected, self-applauding, self-centered, self-complacent, self-conceited, self-pleased, self-satisfied, smug, stuck-up;
: having or showing the proud and unpleasant attitude of someone who gives orders and expects other people to obey them
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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