Definitions for imperiousɪmˈpɪər i əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•pe•ri•ousɪmˈpɪər i əs(adj.)

  1. domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial .

  2. urgent; imperative:

    imperious need.

Origin of imperious:

1535–45; < L imperiōsus commanding, tyrannical =imperi(um)imperium+-ōsus -ous


Princeton's WordNet

  1. disdainful, haughty, imperious, lordly, overbearing, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering(adj)

    having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy

    "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer


  1. imperious(Adjective)

    Domineering, arrogant, or overbearing.

  2. imperious(Adjective)


  3. imperious(Adjective)

    Imperial or regal.

  4. Origin: From imperiosus, from imperium

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imperious(adj)

    commanding; ascendant; imperial; lordly; majestic

  2. Imperious(adj)

    haughly; arrogant; overbearing; as, an imperious tyrant; an imperious manner

  3. Imperious(adj)

    imperative; urgent; compelling

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Eng. _imp_, devil and _aerial_, airy. Airy as the devil.

Translations for imperious

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


proud, behaving as if expecting to be obeyed

an imperious manner.

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