Definition of imperious in English:

imperious

Line breaks: im¦peri|ous
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɪərɪəs
 
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adjective

Derivatives

imperiously

adverb
More 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’.

imperiousness

noun
More 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.

Origin

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

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