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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪmˈpɪəɹi.əs/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɪmˈpɪɹi.əs/
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- Rhymes: -ɪəɹiəs
imperious (not comparable)
- Domineering, arrogant, or overbearing.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], 2nd edition, part 1, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire, London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act IIII, scene i:
- The frowning lookes of fiery Tamburlaine,
That with his terrour and imperious eies,
Commands the hearts of his aſſociates, […]
- 1899, Stephen Crane, The Angel Child, Whilomville Stories:
- She was quick, beautiful, imperious, while he was quiet, slow, and misty.
- 2022 October 1, Phil McNulty, “Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham: Gunners show identity & direction in outstanding derby win”, in BBC Sport:
- Saliba, meanwhile, has returned to Arsenal looking like the finished article after the 21-year-old France defender spent loan spells at Saint-Etienne, Nice and Marseille. He has been imperious since the opening game at Brentford, establishing a formidable partnership with Gabriel.
- (obsolete) Imperial or regal.
- 1789, Ephraim Judson, Ambassadors appointed by Christ to treat with mankind on the subject of reconciliation to God, page 7:
- All the terrors of Antichrist; his cruel ediets and anathemas that were thundered from his imperious throne, like storms of fire and brimstone […]