im·​pe·​ri·​ous | \ im-ˈpir-ē-əs How to pronounce imperious (audio) \

Definition of imperious

1a : marked by arrogant assurance : domineering
b : befitting or characteristic of one of eminent rank or attainments : commanding, dominant an imperious manner
2 : intensely compelling : urgent the imperious problems of the new age— J. F. Kennedy

Other Words from imperious

imperiously adverb
imperiousness noun

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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 His imperious, snobbish parents, however, seem barely concerned. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 May 2022 Thompson recalls the younger Shepard of Project Mercury as brash, irreverent, and at times imperious, defying the early stereotype of the astronaut as flawless hero. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2022 In a Wisconsin burg much like Appleton, the grown children of the imperious owner of the local Chinese restaurant come to grips with his murder and the prejudice of their community. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 May 2022 But Zelensky’s serene yet resolute appearance at Cannes—decked out in his trademark, sober-looking olive-drab shirt, looking perhaps a little tired but nothing close to weary—brought a dash of humility to this assertively imperious festival. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 18 May 2022 In an act of imperious adolescent spite, that trombone player had opened his bottle and poured the oil on my head. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 War is making the argument better than any imperious C.E.O. ever could. New York Times, 2 Mar. 2022 Soon, her inimitable style and imperious approach to selling clothes became one of the store’s signatures. Liam Hess, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2022 His style prized cleanness, and secure but never imperious beauty. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of imperious

1529, 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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“Imperious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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