imperious

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From Latin imperiōsus (mighty, powerful), from imperium (command, authority, power)

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imperious (not comparable)

  1. Domineering, arrogant, or overbearing.
    • 1866Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Gambler, translated by C. J. Hogarth
      ...she glanced about her in an imperious, challenging sort of way, with looks and gestures that clearly were unstudied.
  2. Urgent.
    • 1891Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
      Circumstances of an imperious nature, which it is unnecessary to relate here, had prevented him from taking service with that gallant army which had fought the disastrous campaigns ending with the fall of Corinth.
  3. (obsolete) Imperial or regal.

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