Definition of imperious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌimˈpirēəs/


Assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering: his imperious demands
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  • With no fear of losing, lawmakers become more arrogant and imperious, less open to compromise.
  • Yet this apparent stonewalling has exasperated the Hong Kong press, which portrays her as imperious and arrogant.
  • A highly regarded consultant and teaching doctor, I found her manner imperious and domineering.
peremptory, high-handed, commanding, imperial, overbearing, overweening, domineering, authoritarian, dictatorial, autocratic, authoritative, lordly, assertive, bossy, arrogant, haughty, presumptuous
informal pushy, high and mighty



Pronunciation: /imˈpirēəslē/
Example sentences
  • ‘I don't want to go back… you can fix it up later - I have the rest of the sentence in my mind,’ he says imperiously at the outset.
  • Startled, I removed my Velveeta, two avocados, four bananas, and a roast to make room for the can of peaches she imperiously plopped down.
  • When she wants, for instance, to try on my bracelet, she will point to it, roll up her sleeve, indicate her wrist and say, imperiously, ‘Baby’.


Pronunciation: /imˈpirēəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • The tired formula visited every few months on a growing number of TV viewers worldwide has become narcissistic to the extreme, and smacks of jingoism, imperiousness and patronisation.
  • Observers have known about his childish imperiousness forever and and it has been easily discerned by those in the public who care to see, in his press conferences and public appearances.
  • The lead story of every court session has been his demeanor, his defiance, his imperiousness.


Mid 16th century: from Latin imperiosus, from imperium 'command, authority, empire'; related to imperare 'to command'. Compare with imperial.

Words that rhyme with imperious

cinereous, deleterious, mysterious, Nereus, serious, Tiberius

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Syllabification: im·pe·ri·ous

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