imperium

noun
im·​pe·​ri·​um | \ im-ˈpir-ē-əm How to pronounce imperium (audio) \

Definition of imperium

1a : supreme power or absolute dominion : control
2 : the right to command or to employ the force of the state : sovereignty

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Examples of imperium in a Sentence

a nation whose economic imperium waned after the war
Recent Examples on the Web In all those eras of past glory, Russia and Belarus were part of a single imperium: neither man will have missed that point. Erasmus, The Economist, "Why Vladimir Putin took an atheist to an ancient monastery," 21 July 2019 China is already cultivating its economic imperium via the Belt and Road Initiative, a plan to build infrastructure for trade and to invest heavily in resource-rich developing economies. The Economist, "Sino-American interdependence has been a force for geopolitical stability," 23 June 2018 Yet the emerging imperium is more a result of the Communist Party’s exercise of hard power, including economic coercion, than the product of a gravitational pull of Chinese ideas or contemporary culture. Edward Wong, New York Times, "A Chinese Empire Reborn," 5 Jan. 2018 President Xi Jinping is the avatar of the new imperium. Edward Wong, New York Times, "A Chinese Empire Reborn," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of imperium

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for imperium

Latin — more at empire

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The first known use of imperium was in 1613

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“Imperium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imperium. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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