Thesaurus

imperious

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of imperious

2 having a feeling of superiority that shows itself in an overbearing attitude
  • an imperious movie star who thinks she's some sort of goddess

Synonyms for imperious

Words Related to imperious

Near Antonyms for imperious

Antonyms for imperious

4 needing immediate attention
  • as war casualties mounted, the need for trained nurses became imperious

Synonyms for imperious

Words Related to imperious

Near Antonyms for imperious

Antonyms for imperious

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About imperious

How is the word imperious distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of imperious are domineering, imperative, masterful, and peremptory. While all these words mean "tending to impose one's will on others," imperious implies a commanding nature or manner and often suggests arrogant assurance.

an imperious executive used to getting his own way

When would domineering be a good substitute for imperious?

The synonyms domineering and imperious are sometimes interchangeable, but domineering suggests an overbearing or arbitrary manner and an obstinate determination to enforce one's will.

children controlled by domineering parents

When could imperative be used to replace imperious?

While the synonyms imperative and imperious are close in meaning, imperative implies peremptoriness arising more from the urgency of the situation than from an inherent will to dominate.

an imperative appeal for assistance

In what contexts can masterful take the place of imperious?

The words masterful and imperious can be used in similar contexts, but masterful implies a strong personality and ability to act authoritatively.

her masterful personality soon dominated the movement

When is it sensible to use peremptory instead of imperious?

The words peremptory and imperious are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, peremptory implies an abrupt dictatorial manner coupled with an unwillingness to brook disobedience or dissent.

given a peremptory dismissal

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about imperious

Time Traveler for imperious

Time Traveler

The first known use of imperious was in 1529

See more words from the same year

Statistics for imperious

Last Updated

28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Imperious.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/imperious. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on imperious

Dictionary: Definition of imperious

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with imperious

Spanish Central: Translation of imperious

Nglish: Translation of imperious for Spanish Speakers

Comments on imperious

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

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

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!