im·​pe·​ri·​um im-ˈpir-ē-əm How to pronounce imperium (audio)
: supreme power or absolute dominion : control
: the right to command or to employ the force of the state : sovereignty

Examples of imperium in a Sentence

a nation whose economic imperium waned after the war
Recent Examples on the Web Many people in what was formerly East Germany, part of the Soviet imperium until shortly before German unification in 1990, look favorably on Moscow. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2023 And his greatest success, the reform of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, turned out to be his greatest failure, when reform led to peaceful revolutions across the Soviet imperium. Michael Kimmage, Foreign Affairs, 31 Aug. 2022 Firstly, the struggle of Czech writers (within a German-speaking imperium) to transform their little vernacular into a language of literary distinction. Jared Marcel Pollen, The New Republic, 12 July 2023 In Poland — a nation held captive in the totalitarian Soviet imperium for decades before leading the struggle to break those chains and rejoin Europe — ideas of heroism and sacrifice endured. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2023 First, after the de facto collapse of the West Roman imperium in the first half of the 5th century there were other societies of importance and grandness on the historical stage (see The Inheritance of Rome, When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World, and China's Cosmopolitan Empire). Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 3 Jan. 2013 The Russian attempt to rebuild the imperium lost at the dissolution of the Soviet Union finds itself at a treacherous crossroads. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2022 The memory of the 18th-century conqueror is vivid for those in the Kremlin bent on restoring the Russian imperium. Marc Santora, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2022 Some 125 years later, the world is obsessing about the collapse of the new imperium. Tom McTague, The Atlantic, 8 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin — more at empire

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of imperium was in 1613

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“Imperium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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