imperious

adjective im·pe·ri·ous \ im-ˈpir-ē-əs \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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

imperiously

adverb

imperiousness

noun

Examples of imperious in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of imperious

Latin imperiosus, from imperium

Synonym Discussion of 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

IMPERIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

imperious

adjective

Definition of imperious for English Language Learners

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



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