imperious

play
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 mannerb :  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

Recent Examples of imperious from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'imperious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

play
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



Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to relieve or lessen

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!