adjective Etymology: Latin imperiosus, from imperium Date: 1540 1. a. befitting or characteristic of one of eminent rank or attainments ; commanding, dominant <
an imperious manner
b. marked by arrogant assurance ; domineering 2. intensely compelling ; urgent <
the imperious problems of the new age — J. F. Kennedy
Synonyms: see masterfulimperiously adverbimperiousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • imperious — [adj] bossy, overbearing arrogant, authoritative, autocratic, commanding, compulsatory, compulsory, despotic, dictatorial, domineering, exacting, haughty, high handed, imperative, imperial, mandatory, obligatory, oppressive, overweening,… …   New thesaurus

  • imperious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ arrogant and domineering. DERIVATIVES imperiously adverb imperiousness noun. ORIGIN Latin imperiosus, from imperium command, empire …   English terms dictionary

  • imperious — [im pir′ē əs] adj. [L imperiosus < imperium, EMPIRE] 1. overbearing, arrogant, domineering, etc. 2. urgent; imperative SYN. MASTERFUL imperiously adv. imperiousness n …   English World dictionary

  • imperious — imperiously, adv. imperiousness, n. /im pear ee euhs/, adj. 1. domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing: an imperious manner; an imperious person. 2. urgent; imperative: imperious need. [1535 45; < L imperiosus commanding,… …   Universalium

  • imperious — [[t]ɪmpɪ͟əriəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as imperious, you mean that they have a proud manner and expect to be obeyed. [WRITTEN] Her attitude may be imperious at times but that is more than compensated by her bravery... From across… …   English dictionary

  • imperious — adjective /ɪmˈpɪəriəs,ɪmˈpɪriəs/ a) Domineering, arrogant, or overbearing. ...she glanced about her in an imperious, challenging sort of way, with looks and gestures that clearly were unstudied. b) Urgent. Circumstances of an imperious nature,… …   Wiktionary

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