Adjective "imperious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Arrogant and domineering.
  1. 'A highly regarded consultant and teaching doctor, I found her manner imperious and domineering.'
  2. 'Its ceremonial gateway towers over the city below, grand and imperious.'
  3. 'He was once again imperious in a Scotland pack which dominated the home forwards for lengthy spells of an otherwise one-sided match.'
  4. 'The awkward driving position feels lofty and imperious.'
  5. 'They exude a true gothic sense of imperious detachment.'
  6. 'Both these batsmen look imperious when they are playing the outgoing ball, since they cut and square drive really well.'
  7. 'Could it be that she is a tad on the imperious side?'
  8. 'Their humble attire did little to detract from the air of imperious authority they exuded, however.'
  9. 'His imperious bulk, even his accent, counted against him and when he was found to have fiddled the books he appeared to be beyond redemption.'
  10. 'It's true that she had a pretty imperious manner, but Granny never believed that one human being could be set above another by an accident of birth.'


1. domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing: an imperious manner; an imperious person.

2. urgent; imperative: imperious need.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be imperious."

"hands can be imperious."

"ways can be imperious."

"tones can be imperious."

"manners can be imperious."

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