imperious

  • 1 Imperious — Im*pe ri*ous, a. [L. imperiosus: cf. F. imp[ e]rieux. See {Imperial}.] 1. Commanding; ascendant; imperial; lordly; majestic. [Obs.] A vast and imperious mind. Tilloison. [1913 Webster] Therefore, great lords, be, as your titles witness, Imperious …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 imperious — index dictatorial, disdainful, dogmatic, influential, insolent, oppressive, orgulous, peremptory (absolute …

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  • 3 imperious — (adj.) 1540s, from L. imperiosus commanding, mighty, powerful, from imperium empire, command (see EMPIRE (Cf. empire)). Related: Imperiously …

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  • 4 imperious — domineering, *masterful, peremptory, imperative Analogous words: *dictatorial, authoritarian, magisterial: despotic, tyrannical, arbitrary, autocratic (see ABSOLUTE): lordly, overbearing (see PROUD) Antonyms: abject Contrasted words: obsequious,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

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

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

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

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  • 8 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,… …

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  • 9 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… …

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  • 10 imperious — 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 …

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  • 11 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,… …

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  • 12 imperious — adjective giving orders and expecting to be obeyed, in a way that seems too proud: She had an imperious domineering manner which Tim did not like. | an imperious voice imperiously adverb imperiousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 imperious — /ɪmˈpɪəriəs / (say im pearreeuhs) adjective 1. domineering, dictatorial, or overbearing: *There is a rather imperious knock at the door –david williamson, 1972. 2. urgent; imperative: imperious need. {Latin imperiōsus commanding} –imperiously,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 imperious — imperial, imperious Imperial means ‘relating to an empire or emperor’ and hence ‘characteristic of an emperor, supreme in authority’. Imperious is a more judgemental word and means ‘overbearing, domineering’ …

    Modern English usage

  • 15 imperious — See imperious, imperial …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 16 imperious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. lordly; domineering, dictatorial, despotic; imperative, urgent. See authority. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Domineering] Syn. overbearing, commanding, haughty; see autocratic 1 , masterful , powerful… …

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  • 17 imperious — im|pe|ri|ous [ımˈpıəriəs US ˈpır ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: imperiosus, from imperium; IMPERIAL] giving orders and expecting to be obeyed, in a way that seems too proud ▪ She raised her hand in an imperious gesture. >imperiously… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 imperious — im|pe|ri|ous [ ım pıriəs ] adjective behaving in a proud and confident way that shows you expect to be obeyed: HAUGHTY: She held up an imperious hand. ╾ im|pe|ri|ous|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 imperious — adjective Black tells stories of imperious judges and duplicitous witnesses Syn: peremptory, high handed, commanding, imperial, overbearing, overweening, domineering, authoritarian, dictatorial, autocratic, authoritative, lordly, assertive, bossy …

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  • 20 imperious — UK [ɪmˈpɪərɪəs] / US [ɪmˈpɪrɪəs] adjective behaving in a proud and confident way that shows you expect to be obeyed She held up an imperious hand. Derived word: imperiously adverb …

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