Absolute power: it was the high noon of the imperium, an age when there was something empowering about being an American
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- The royal power, like the Roman imperium even in the republic, was needed for the defence of the realm and to enforce the laws; and the lawyers held that for these two functions the king's power was absolute.
- Grandiose though he was, he could hardly have imagined the fearsome awfulness of the twenty-first-century American imperium when he baptized its birth in the early days of the Second World War.
- The Collectanea argued that since AD 187 the king of England had enjoyed secular imperium and spiritual supremacy within his realm, powers modelled on the kings of Israel and later Roman emperors.
Mid 17th century: from Latin, 'command, authority, empire'; related to imperare 'to command'.
Words that rhyme with imperiumcerium, magisterium
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