im·​pe·​ri·​um | \im-ˈpir-ē-əm \

Definition of imperium 

1a : supreme power or absolute dominion : control

b : empire sense 1

c : empire sense 2

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

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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

1651, 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 1651

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