Im*pe"ri*ous(?), a. [L. imperiosus: cf. F. imprieux. See Imperial.] 1. Commanding; ascendant; imperial; lordly; majestic. [Obs.] "A vast and imperious mind." Tilloison.
Therefore, great lords, be, as your titles witness,Shak.
2. Haughly; arrogant; overbearing; as, an
imperious tyrant; an
This imperious man will work us allShak.
From princes into pages.
His bold, contemptuous, and imperious spirit soon made him conspicuous.Macaulay.
3. Imperative; urgent; compelling.
Imperious need, which can not be withstood.Dryden.
Syn. -- Dictatorial; haughty; domineering; overbearing; lordly; tyrannical; despotic; arrogant; imperative; authoritative; commanding; pressing. -- Imperious, Lordly, Domineering. One who is imperious exercises his authority in a manner highly offensive for its spirit and tone; one who is lordly assumes a lofty air in order to display his importance; one who is domineering gives orders in a way to make others feel their inferiority.
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