from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Arrogantly domineering or overbearing. See Synonyms at dictatorial.
- adj. Urgent; pressing.
- adj. Obsolete Regal; imperial.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Domineering, arrogant, or overbearing.
- adj. Urgent.
- adj. Imperial or regal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Commanding; ascendant; imperial; lordly; majestic.
- adj. Haughly; arrogant; overbearing
- adj. Imperative; urgent; compelling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- l. Imperial.
- Of a domineering character or quality; dictatorial; overbearing: as, an imperious tyrant or temper.
- Of an urgent or pressing nature; overmastering; compulsory; imperative: as, imperious circumstances; an imperious necessity.
- Synonyms Authoritative, Dogmatic, etc. (see magisterial), tyrannical, despotic, wilful, determined.
- 2 and
- 3. Im. perious, Imperative. Imperious applies to the spirit or manner of the person ruling or giving a command, and of rule in general; imperative, to the nature of a command. An imperious person is determined to have his will obeyed; imperious rule is characterized by the haughty, overbearing, and determined nature of the ruler. An imperative command is absolute, express, peremptory, and not to be questioned or evaded. Imperative is not properly applicable to persons.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
From Latin imperiōsus, from imperium, imperium; see empire.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin imperiōsus ("mighty, powerful"), from imperium ("command, authority, power") (Wiktionary)