imperious

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adjective im·pe·ri·ous \im-ˈpir-ē-əs\

Definition of imperious

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

  2. 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>

Origin and Etymology of imperious

Latin imperiosus, from imperium


First Known Use: 1540

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

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adjective im·pe·ri·ous \im-ˈpir-ē-əs\

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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